A good turnout of concerned Lynfield residents met for the formative meeting of local Neighborhood Support, at the Lynfield Community Church. This was an initiative of Lion Kuldeep Singh after a spate of burglaries in the area. Kuldeep was approached by his neighbour who had himself been burgled, to ask for the support of the Lions in getting a Neighbourhood Watch group running in the area.
The meeting was chaired by Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions' Secretary Alan who introduced Avon Lines, chairperson of Neighbourhood Support Auckland Inc. Avon presented the hard facts of preventing and dealing with undesirables in the area.
Dr Parmjeet Parmar, National List MP based in Mt Roskill, and Shail Kaushal, Puketāpapa Local Board Board member were also present at the meeting to lend support and advice. Merrill Bourne of Mt Roskill Community Patrol has also offered to step up patrol in the area.
Neighbourhood Watch aims to make our homes, streets, neighbourhoods and communities a safer and more caring place to live, by fostering contact, understanding and friendless between neighbours and the community, reducing the incidence and effects of criminal offending, while building community resilience and strengthening community networks to improve the quality of life.
A group of some 30 residents came forward after the talk to sign up. They were also encouraged to volunteer for local Community Patrols as eyes and ears of the police. If you would like to be part of Neighbourhood Watch in Lynfield, contact Kuldeep Singh on 021-180-2318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular Neighbourhood Watch meetings are
being planned for the future.