‘Kampung Menglait to get watch group soon’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

KAMPUNG Menglait will have its own neighbourhood watch group soon, said the Penghulu of Mukim Gadong ‘B’.

Major (Rtd) Hj Bakar Sapar, who is also a resident of the village, told The Brunei Times recently that the village finally decided to establish a watch group after looking at the current situation with theft cases in the sultanate frequently reported in the papers.

“And in Kg Menglait and nearby areas, there have also been minor cases of theft reported, and that itself raised concern amongst some of us, although there haven’t been any major crimes occurring around here so far.

“What’s usually reported in the papers and what we always hear from people around here means that a police presence is needed here,” he said.

Amongst the effective efforts of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) in helping grassroots leaders ensure the safety of residents, he said, was to re-establish the neighbourhood watch group, which he said had become inactive decades ago.

He said ensuring people’s safety isn’t the responsibility of the police alone and should also be shared amongst the rest of the community.

“Therefore, there should also be a strong bond between the people and the police to allow neighbourhood watch efforts to be carried out effectively.”

However, he is aware that certain procedures need to be followed, including the screening of each member enlisted to be in watch groups.

The Brunei Times