Motorists from Midland Acres to
East End are already noticing bright, new Neighbourhood Watch signs dotting the
landscape after last weekend’s volunteer effort.
Local residents and Royal Cayman
Islands Police officers, in conjunction with numerous volunteers from The
Phoenix Group, visited sections of Pease Bay, Midland Acres, Breakers, Frank
Sound and Cottage, explaining the new programme and collecting contact
information from local residents.
“Networking the community will
allow us to share information regarding crime prevention, town hall meetings,
neighbourhood improvements and other items of concern to these communities,
many of which are quite isolated,” said Shayne Howe, project coordinator.
The bright yellow signs, donated
and installed by The Phoenix Group, serve as notice to visitors that in these
areas the community is working together to improve security and quality of life
in these neighbourhoods.
The other objective of the program
is to increase everyone’s access and familiarization with the RCIP Beat
Officers for each of the districts.
“From a personal perspective, it
was great to see all these volunteers out working hard to make a difference in
their own communities. Recent successes with these programs locally do make all
this effort worthwhile – it really does work when you can get everyone
involved” said Fran General of the RCIP and the Neighbourhood Officer for
Bodden Town, who canvassed with members of The Phoenix Group.
Franklin Rhoden, a Phoenix employee
who installed signs added: “Unless you get out and meet your neighbours, care
about them and their kids, care about keeping things safe and secure, you will
be an easy target for people who want to take what you have worked so hard for”
The volunteer group finished up the
hot day of canvassing with lunch provided by Tony Powell at his South Coast Bar
and Grill in Breakers, the event headquarters.
Residents in the above areas who
may not have been home on Saturday 11 September still have the opportunity to
get involved. To register or get more information, contact [email protected]