Police, council support formation of Neighbourhood Watch Cowra

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, Inspector Adam Beard, Nikki Kiss and President of Cowra Lions Club Graham Apthorpe.
Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, Inspector Adam Beard, Nikki Kiss and President of Cowra Lions Club Graham Apthorpe.

Local police, Cowra Council and Cowra Lions Club have thrown their support behind the formation of a Neighbourhood Watch Cowra (NHW Cowra) group.

NHW Cowra will be discussed at community meeting on Thursday, January 28 at the Cowra Bowling Club, kicking off at 5.30pm.

The meeting will be attended by Officer in Charge of Cowra, Inspector Adam Beard, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, President of Cowra Lions Club, Graham Apthorpe, NHW Coordinator Nikki Kiss and Neighbourhood Watch State Secretary, David Watmore.

State President for Neighbourhood Watch NSW, Bill Hackney, said the meeting is an opportunity to discuss crime prevention in Cowra and ways that you can make yourself, family and property more secure.

"You know who belongs in your neighbourhood," Mr Hackney.

"You are the best crime prevention resource in your community."

Ms Kiss encouraged residents to get behind the group.

"Neighbourhood Watch Cowra aims to develop a safer community attitude and stronger community spirit," she said.

"We must all play a role to make this happen. Let's work together to promote a happy, resilient Cowra."

Mr Apthorpe said Cowra Lions is pleased to be the sponsoring group for NHW Cowra.

"I congratulate Nikki Kiss for taking on the coordinator role," he said.

"I remember NHW when my family first arrived here in 1987 and it will be good to have it back."

Cr West stressed the initiative was about the community working alongside police.

"It is important we understand the purpose of the meeting and this group - supporting the community, supporting each other and most importantly, supporting and working with Cowra police," Cr West said.

"Going forward, I hope the community engages with the concept and the opportunity to create a more safety aware community, especially for those who may feel more vulnerable, to provide them with information and support."

Inspector Beard welcomed the prospect of Neighbourhood Watch being reintroduced to the Cowra community.

"We are encouraged by the interest in the community thus far," he said.

"There already exists strong community ties with Cowra and its police, a functioning and well supported Neighbourhood Watch program will enhance this relationship.

"NHW is all about the police and the community working in together to make our communities safer.

"Police cannot be everywhere. This is where the community plays its part by being vigilant and reporting matters of concern to police.

"I would expect that we will meet regularly with the NHW group, with local police attending and presenting on crime related issues within the community.

"This forum will provide for a respectful and structured forum where community members can raise their concerns and be provided with timely crime prevention tips."