MEMBERS of Wodonga’s Neighbourhood Watch fear the group will go under unless they can recruit more volunteers.
Jenny Barlow, Barb Stieber, Sue May and president Barry Clacy said since the 2010 city-wide amalgamation of its 13 groups for each neighbourhood, numbers had dwindled.
Monthly meetings once attracted up to 15 people per group, but now — with what they say is less police involvement and community interest — only about 10 volunteers will show up.
“There’s real concern we’ll fold in the next 12 months,” Ms Stieber said.
They have called for the community to get behind the group that looks out for them and attend a meeting next month.
“We have the potential to do things but we need people to realise they could enjoy being part of this,” Ms May said.
“This is a chance to be connected, for anyone who sees something is wrong.
“This is a chance to right it and present it to police as a problem.”
The group informs its neighbourhood of crime and how to prevent it, while also trying to help police with information.
It runs crime prevention days and neighbourhood barbecues that Ms May said brought people together who had been living side-by-side for years.
“It was starting to create that community feel that wasn’t there before,” she said.
The group particularly needs volunteers to update its community register.
The register is for Wodonga’s vulnerable people, where a number written on a card unlocks on a computer system details of medical conditions and next-of-kin for emergency services.
“We need people to sit at a telephone to ring people on the register to make sure details are up-to-date,” Ms Stieber said.
“These are the things that make a difference,” Ms May added.
The next Wodonga City Neighbourhood Watch meeting is Tuesday, September 17, at 2pm in the Wodonga library meeting room.
The group can be contacted by phoning Wodonga police on (02) 6049 2600.