Canley Vale Heights Neighbourhood Watch

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On the lookout: (from left) Raquel Leslie, Tony Fornasier, Elena Fornasier and Constable Stevo Jokic. Picture: Simon Bennett

On the lookout: (from left) Raquel Leslie, Tony Fornasier, Elena Fornasier and Constable Stevo Jokic. Picture: Simon Bennett

CANLEY Vale Chamber of Commerce president Tony Fornasier is hoping to create the largest Neighbourhood Watch group in the area.

Fairfield Champion reported that the 80-year-old, who is also the vice-president of Fairfield-Cabramatta PCYC, created the Canley Vale Heights Neighbourhood Watch last month, which covers from Canley Vale railway station to Avoca Road, Canley Heights, and from Orphan School Creek to St Johns Road, Canley Vale.

Mr Fornasier said he was now planning to have one person situated on each street in Canley Vale and Canley Heights in a bid to get the community reporting crime to local police.

“We need the co-operation of the community to put a stop to crime and to be aware of what’s happening in their street and to report it,” he said.

“Prevention is better than cure and I think it’s good that we all stick together for our own benefit and safety.”

Mr Fornasier, the co-ordinator of the group, said he was hoping to get up to 35 people joining the group.

Cabramatta police station’s crime prevention officer Constable Stevo Jokic welcomed the new group.

“I think it’s a great idea,” he said.

“We are trying to get a Neighbourhood Watch group in every suburb within the Cabramatta local area command.”

Constable Jokic said a lot of crime was not being reported to the police.

He said the group was a way for the community to have their say and tell police what was taking place in their street.

“It’s very important because we may have a problem with break and enters but they don’t get reported because nothing was stolen,” he said.

“So if it is reported, we could do a fingerprint analysis and potentially link the person to different offences, in similar nature, within the area.”

The Canley Vale Heights Neighbourhood Watch group will have monthly meetings, with Constable Jokic present, to discuss crime in Canley Heights and Canley Vale.

To join the group, call Mr Fornasier on 0408 676 648.

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