'Neighbourhood Watch Scheme' becomes instant hit among RWAs in Dwarka
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'Neighbourhood Watch Scheme' becomes instant hit among RWAs in Dwarka

Recently, the scheme was launched in three societies – Gangotri Apartments Sector 12, Shubham Apartments Sector 12 and Ispatika Apartments Sector 4.

'Neighbourhood Watch Scheme' becomes instant hit among RWAs in Dwarka

Resident welfare associations (RWAs) in Dwarka are adopting 'Neighbourhood Watch Scheme'. Promoted by the Delhi Police, the scheme aims to instill a sense of security among the residents.

The police observed that the RWAs, which have adopted the scheme, have witnessed a big difference in the security apparatus.  

The scheme was launched recently in three societies – Gangotri Apartments Sector 12, Shubham Apartments Sector 12 and Ispatika Apartments Sector 4. 

President of Gangotri Apartments Sector 12 Umesh Kala said, “We are feeling more empowered with the arrangements made for the security under the guidance of the police for the scheme. We found it effective as the people are feeling safer than ever before. We are working according to the scheme.”

Presently, the scheme is in force in 16 societies of Dwarka district. Under the scheme, a community policing team inspects the societies before introducing the scheme. They make sure whether the society is able to fulfill the basic criteria needed for the scheme.

Some of the basic criteria for the scheme are: Issuance of identity card/biometrics of regular visitors/vendor/salesman/maids; installation of CCTV cameras to cover society's inside areas as well as outside and it should be monitored through a manned CCTV control room round-the-clock; and deployment of security guards on 24x7 shifts at entry and exit gates.

Under the scheme, societies are advised to allow only one entry and exit gates. Remaining gates can only be used in emergency situations only. Verification of tenant/servant/private security guards is mandatory. 

Apart from these, the societies adopting the scheme should also have regulation of entry and exit of hawkers, periodical meetings between RWA and police, issuance of stickers to the vehicles entering inside the premises and installation of alarm for emergency situations. 

er criteria include cooperation with local police by providing prahari (watchman) at night to prevent crime, proper illumination of back lanes of the society, boundary walls free from tree branches and poles, and distribution of security guidelines provided by police to all the residents. 

Police said that introduction of this scheme has helped in solving many criminal cases. “CCTV footage helped in identifying criminals who committed burglary in societies,” police said.

DCP, Dwarka, Anto Alphonse said, “The scheme is effective and it is helping in policing to a great extent. Many cases have been worked out taking help from societies under the scheme. People are taking interest in the scheme to adopt for their society. This is good for policing as community itself is taking great interest by involving in the system through such schemes.”

Neighbourhood scheme has helped in multiplying the police force as societies provide their guards for patrolling in the night with local police officer. The guards are actually performing the policing and helping police. The guards are provided mobile number of their beat police officer for communication.

Under the scheme, Dwarka police is also conducting training programmes for the private security guards in the societies to empower them. This is being done under 'Prahari Scheme' of Delhi Police. 

“Training of guards has come as a great help for police. In a murder case of wife of a Wing Commander, guards provided valuable inputs which helped the police in arresting accused from Jaipur, Rajasthan. The guards were awarded by the police. Similarly, boards, mentioning adoption of scheme, were erected at the main gates of societies. It made psychological impact on the criminals as they avoid entering enlisted societies,” said DCP.