| Faza Suraj |
THREE youths recently participated in an exercise, suggesting the growth of the Mukim Liang Lumut Neighbourhood Watch programme, while strong support is also being received from the public with the reporting of six new members.
Kg Sungai Liang Neighbourhood Watch Secretary Hj Taib bin Hj Damit revealed this Thursday night during a joint operation with the Sungai Liang Police Station.
Speaking to the Bulletin, Hj Taib noted that the first operation conducted nearly a month ago was deemed a success, though questions had been posed about a previous operation. However, they can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that members of their own community are participating in the operation that aims to raise awareness on the ongoing efforts in strengthening ties between the community and Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).
According to a RBPF statement, the 9.30pm operation involved 25 personnel from the Sungai Liang Police Station and Belait branch Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) and 15 members from the Kg Sungai Liang and Kg Lumut Neighbourhood Watch groups.
A majority of the team patrolling on foot focused on selected areas of the Lumut National Housing Scheme (RPN), while the remaining team members manned a roadblock as a part of the crime prevention exercise. This move aimed also to expose the youth to the roles of Neighbourhood Watch.
During a patrol, a youth member explained that their duty is to ensure homes remain safe.
“During this time of night, it is our responsibility to look out for things that are out of the ordinary, especially opened windows, houses that are too dark and empty houses, as these are the likely things that perpetrators take advantage of,” he added.
The operation which concluded at midnight resulted with no violations, except for the issuance of a compound to a driver for busted licence plate lighting.