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Date posted: 3 May 2012
The South Australian (SA) community of Amata has launched a trial of neighbourhood watch night patrols.
Amata is located in SA, about 10km south of the Northern Territory (NT) border and 380km south west of Alice Springs. In the community there were ongoing issues of community safety, children being out late at night, and children being at risk. The patrols are a way to try and deal with these issues.
The seven male and female volunteers from Amata, all senior local leaders, will rotate shifts and work from 7.00pm to 11.30pm, ensuring that order is maintained in the community throughout the night. The volunteers can call the police if a crime is suspected, send children and teenagers home, and refer others to health or welfare agencies.
Jonathan Nicholls from Uniting Communities said, 'It is a big step. It's something the community has been asking for for years and which the State Government has been slow to respond to.'
While similar night patrols are already a vital part of community safety in remote Aboriginal communities in the NT, they are fairly rare in SA.
Source: ABC Online Indigenous
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