School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting our schools from vandalism, theft and damage.
Every year, criminal damage to schools not only costs Western Australian taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, but also inconveniences students, their families, teachers and local residents.
While the Police and Department work closely together to minimise crime at school premises, you too can help. With more than 650 schools involved in the School Watch program the community's role is vital, particularly after school hours and during school holidays.
Most importantly, if you live near a school and see or hear suspicious behaviour immediately contact School Watch Security or the Police.
When you contact School Watch Security, Department security officers can quickly attend schools in the metropolitan area. The Police will attend if called.
Your call could prevent break-ins, vandalism, graffiti or even arson. Ensuring your school is well cared for reflects on your community and contributes to the value of surrounding residential properties, so it's worth it!
At the local level school principals are encouraged to promote School Watch and, where possible, provide feedback through newsletters and the local media in instances where residents' calls have been valuable.
Each month, School Watch receives an average of 200 calls from the public. During holiday periods the number increases significantly. So your involvement really makes a difference.
Please contact the Neighbourhood Watch State Office T: 9222 1513 for more information or promotional materials.