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Neighbourhood Watch Zone

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In 1981, SPF introduced the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (NWS) to encourage mutual care and help among neighbours by having residents keep an eye on each other's premises, discuss initiatives to mitigate crime concerns and share crime prevention messages. Within this scheme, groups of households known as the NWGs were formed to assist in looking out for all types of crime within their neighbourhood especially within the vicinity of their immediate residence. NWG members will call for Police if they notice any crime in progress or when they sport suspicious activities or persons. This is critical in the early detection and intervention before criminals can cause any injury to persons or damage to properties.

Over time, both the NPP system and the RCs have grown in scope and in sophistication. Thus, the NWS was reviewed in 1996 to leverage the strengths of the existing grassroots network to enhance its effectiveness. On 27 April 1997, Minister for Home Affairs launched the Neighbourhood Watch Zone (NWZ) scheme. Under the revised scheme, NWGs were re-organized into NWZs, formed under the Resident's Committees (RCs) or Neighbourhood Committees (NCs) of the respective zones.
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