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Know thy neighbour

Monday, 26th March, 2018

Friendly neighbour Emily Roberts with Constable Gabriel Lagos who is encouraging everyone to reach out to their neighbours for a safer city. PICTURE: Myles Burt Friendly neighbour Emily Roberts with Constable Gabriel Lagos who is encouraging everyone to reach out to their neighbours for a safer city. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Police have a message for everyone: Get to know your neighbours.

Yesterday was Neighbours Day which is all about the benefits of being friends with the people next door.

Constable Gabriel Lagos said that although neighbour disputes are rare in Broken Hill, strengthening ties between neighbours can be good for them and the police. 

“I see a lack of knowledge of neighbours in Broken Hill, for whatever reason that might be,” Con. Lagos said.

“When neighbours get to know themselves, it brings really good outcomes for them and us as well.”

Con. Lagos said that neighbours can provide an extra sense of security for your home, whether it be by collecting mail, taking out the bins out or just by looking out for your property when you are on holidays. 

He said a good example of this occurred when a neighbour provided police with important details such as number plates and descriptions that helped in a robbery case.

“Only recently, a neighbour wrote down a whole list of activity that was going down at her neighbour’s house, a person who had passed away,” said Con. Lagos.

“We were given the dates and times of a person who was frequenting the premises, and they were actually robbing the place.”

Con Lagos said that you wouldn’t be able to get such results if your neighbour relationship was poor or non-existent.

He said it only took a five-minute chat or a courtesy call to build up a good standing with your neighbours.

“It’s only a win-win situation, really. I think it’s very important and it’s a great idea.”

Improving knowledge of your neighbours can also benefit the elderly and schools. Elderly people are more at risk of suffering from loneliness which is being recognised as a growing problem that can lead to mental illness. 

Con. Lagos said trespassers in schools were a common problem and neighbours could help police by reporting any suspicious activity.

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