26 May 2011

Police in Samoa launch neighbourhood watch initiative

5:11 pm on 26 May 2011

Police in Samoa are hoping a neighbourhood watch programme in a new village in Apia will lead to a reduction in crime.

The police are now urging families to work together in Vaitele fou to provide security for their houses and belongings when their neighbours are not home.

The Assistant Police Commissioner Leaupepe Fatu Pula says burglaries, thefts, and minor assault cases are common and says police hope the new crime prevention strategy will cut the crime rate.

"The number of crimes reported is on the increase, especially around this area. So that's why we've chosen to target this area for our neighbourhood watch programme."

Leaupepe Fatu Pula says police have also placed a number on each house, so they can identify them more easily.