Community Safety Starts With You
About Neighbours Unite
Neighbours Unite is a City initiative, designed locally to address the community's identified need to develop stronger, safer, more resilient neighbourhoods.
The aim of the initiative is to encourage residents to connect and get to know each other. We believe "a connected community is a safer community".
Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can, and does change communities.
Why promote social connections between neighbours?
- People feel safer, happier and live healthier lifestyles when they are connect
- Encourages community involvement and gives people a sense of belonging
- Reduces opportunities for crime to occur
- Prevents loneliness, isolation and depression
How to be a good neighbour:
- Introduce yourself
- Speak to your neighbours or wave when you see them
- Invite them for a coffee and get to know them
- Walk your dogs together
- Be aware of what is going on in the neighbourhood and report any suspicious behaviour, people or vehicles to police on 131 444.
If your neighbour is going away, you can:
- Offer to collect mail or clear the mailbox
- Put the bins out and return them following the garbage/recycling collection
- Be watchful of strangers in or around your neighbour's house
- Make a note of visitors including their description, vehicle registration and times/dates
- Water the garden.
Have a BBQ on us
Neighbour Day is a national annual celebration traditionally hosted in March. At the City of Rockingham we love it so much we've decided to extend it throughout the entire year.
This means you and your neighbours can get together to host an activity and the City of Rockingham will contribute up to $40 towards the cost of food. The City will supply invitations, merchandise and a Neighbours Unite T-shirt for the host (terms and conditions apply).
It's easy to come together and celebrate our neighbours:
- Cook a barbecue
- Hold a bake off
- Celebrate in style over a high tea
- Host an after school activity
- Gather your dogs for a puppy party/group walk
- Keep it simple over cake and coffee
- Or get creative and design your own.
Host your activity at home, on your verge or in your local park, anywhere it is safe and you can meet your neighbours.
Neighbours Unite is a good way to start conversations in your community and build, safe, strong, connected happy communities.
How to register:
- View the terms and conditions below
- Complete the form below and register with the City three weeks prior to your activity
- Host an alcohol-fee activity
- Apply for up to a $40 reimbursement following your activity
See the Neighbours Unite Information brochure for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Community Safety Team on 9528 0333.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I become a Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer if I am a Neighbours Unite Champion and what is the difference?
Yes. A Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Volunteer is administered through the State Neighbourhood Watch Office in Perth. Neighbours Unite is a City of Rockingham initiative however both operate with the same principle of getting to know your neighbours. Neighbours Unite involves you being active in the community without a formal application process.
What is ewatch?
ewatch is an online community safety and crime prevention initiative. It is a free service provided by WA Police and Neighbourhood Watch and proudly supported by WALGA and Crime Stoppers WA. Join ewatch to receive regular email updates on local crime trends and statistics, safety initiatives, emerging issues and community building events. If you are a NHW participant you are automatically part of ewatch.
Working together as a community helps to make your neighbourhood safe, secure and vibrant for all who share it. Community interaction is a shared responsibility that has proven positive effects on building a safer community, preventing crime and developing community spirit.
If I am already signed up to ewatch will Neighbours Unite be of use to me?
Yes. ewatch is an initiative of the WA Police and the information that you receive will be different in that ewatch is based on crime prevention and contains police statistics and Neighbours Unite is focussed on community safety and connection with neighbours.
What if I don’t get along with my neighbour and want to be involved?
Neighbours not only include those immediately next door to you, but also those across the road and down the road and those in your immediate street block and out to your neighbourhood.
How often will I receive information?
Information is sent to members monthly.
What happens if I move house?
If you move house you will not be affected should you continue to use the same email address. Should your email address change, it would be beneficial to advise the Community Safety Team in order to continue receiving information.
What happens when I sign up?
Your name, suburb and email address details will be added to our email database and you will receive a welcome email. You have the option of providing your postal address to receive a piece of Neighbours Unite merchandise and Community Safety information. Your residential address will not remain on our database.
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