The Hohola Neighborhood Watch was set up recently by residents of the Hohola One (1) area in the National Capital District, after a couple of weeks of awareness campaign that was carried out by members of the recently established association.
The association was set up after the residents noticed an increase in petty crimes in the area and has the backing of Hohola One (1) residents who signed a petition in support of the association.
“We have received consent from more than 400 community members, wanting us, the youths in Hohola One (1), to be stationed at the bus stops to protect our family members and other residents around here, from thugs,” says Interim Chairman of the Hohola Neighborhood Watch Association, Mr. Philip Steve Sabok.
The Hohola Neighborhood Watch has reached out to the wider community and business houses in the area, for donations in kind, to assist with the associations’ activities.
When making a call for voluntary assistance from Hohola residents and the wider community in Port Moresby, Mr Sabok said, “We would like to get the support from business houses to assist with equipment to be able to carry out our peace-keeping and cleaning activities.”
The Neighborhood Watch reports a clear decline in petty crime in the area since it’s establishment, especially at the bus stops and in buses that pass through the areas.
“Since we started this neighborhood watch, thugs in the area are reluctant to pick on children, women and the vulnerable people in our community,” said Mr. Sabok.
He added that it was encouraging to see immediate changes in petty crimes in the area.
The Hohola Neighborhood Watch has also received the backing of the Hohola Police Station Commander, in writing and is currently seeking support to organise proper uniforms and identification cards for the youths who are part of the association in order to make their voluntary program more effective.