Getting to know your neighbours could make your neighbourhood a safer place to live. That’s the message Hutt Safe City is sending out to Lower Hutt as they call on residents to consider establishing or joining neighbourhood support groups.
Hutt Safe City co-ordinator Kelsey Scarr says that the aim of neighbourhood support is to make our homes, streets, neighbourhoods, and communities more caring places in which to live.
“The first step to building a safer, more caring community is to get to know your neighbours. Together, you can help make your neighbourhood a friendlier, safer and more caring place to live.”
There are currently 31 suburbs throughout the Hutt City area that are involved in Neighbourhood support. “We have a total of 167 groups. Neighbourhood support involves 2612 households in these 167 groups.”
Ms Scarr says each neighbourhood support group operates differently. “Some groups meet up regularly in their neighbourhoods or streets for social gatherings for barbecues and things. Whereas other groups can decide to keep it more informal with emails between members when events occur.”
A neighbourhood support group intends to support victims of crime, minimise burglaries in the local area, and reduce graffiti, vandalism and all types of violence.
“A neighbourhood support group will encourage neighbours to talk to each other and foster a sense of community, where everyone is respected and valued.”
If you or anyone you know is interested in starting a neighbourhood support group, or seeing if there is already an active group in your area contact Kelsey Scarr, on 560 2622, or at email@example.com.