Neighbourhood watch is an important factor in reducing crime, according to Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou who wants to make sure social policing gets enough support.
Speaking at a conference on Friday, Chrysostomou said petty crime dropped by 28% between 2013 and 2016, and “certainly neighbourhood watch practices have contributed to the decline by being one of the most important pillars in social policing.”
Chrysostomou told participants that the police department has managed to get advanced technology and equipment despite a reduction of financial resources and staff shortages due to the economic crisis.
He said that technology and best practices in neighbourhood watch have helped police map out different incidents, allowing authorities to get a better grip on combatting crime.
The conference took place in Nicosia at Dali’s High School where a spokesperson for Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said young people have a role to play in combating crime.
“One of the aims of the programme is to have youth getting involved,” said Nicolaou whose address was read out during the conference.
Criminologists, local programme coordinators, and city officials also attended the conference, which ended with an award ceremony and an open discussion.