A call for neighbors to keep watch

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH FOR THE SHIRE: (from left) Strathbogie Shire councillor and police officer Pat Storer, Alister Purbrick, Malcolm Little; (front) deputy mayor Colleen Furlanetto, mayor Deb Swan, CEO Steve Crawcour, Mick Williams and Robin Weatherald with Euroa Police Sergeant Joel Hughes.

STRATHBOGIE Shire Council is calling for members of the local community to become involved in a Neighbourhood Watch program following the threat of rising crime throughout the shire.

Deputy mayor Colleen Furlanetto is encouraging residents of Euroa and district to assist in starting up the program after being inactive for a number of years.

It comes after councillors and executive management met with local police sergeant Joel Hughes last week to discuss the 110 per cent increase in local residential burglaries during the last year compared to the previous year, which was a concern.

Cr Furlanetto said council believes it needs to use this partnership with Victoria Police after the designation of crime prevention officers to support local communities.

“I am very committed to see us re-engage and council is seeking community interest to re-establish our Neighbourhood Watch program,” she said.

“I have volunteered and put my hat into the ring to see if we can gain committed interest.”

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