Neighbourhood Watch

While Ashburton remains one of the safest towns in New Zealand, there will always be a small minority trying to ruin that statistic. That’s why we are lucky that the Ashburton Police do such a great job.

In September, Ashburton District Council will co-host a public meeting with the Police to give our community an opportunity to raise any concerns about safety to hear about initiatives the Police are leading to help reduce crime. Look out for more details in the coming weeks.

There are also more than 300 Neighbourhood Support groups throughout the district, working alongside the Police. These Neighbourhood Support Groups are comprised of local people who are focussed on making our district a safer and more caring place.

Simple things like telling your neighbour you’re going on holiday, regularly checking in with elderly residents, and reporting suspicious behaviour all help to reduce crime in your area. In fact, research gathered from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand shows that the majority of burglaries around the country occur at properties that aren’t connected to active Neighbourhood Support Groups. 

For newcomers to the district or people living alone, Neighbourhood Support Groups also help to reduce isolation, nurture a sense of belonging, and build trust within communities.

In simple terms, it’s all about knowing your neighbours.

If there isn’t a Neighbourhood Support group in your area, think about starting your own one. You can contact Christine Richards at the Ashburton Police Station on 307 8410 if you would like more information about setting one up.   

​Another great way to stay in touch with what’s happening on your street is by signing up to Neighbourly. It’s an online community where you can connect with your neighbours, share and stay informed about upcoming events, and interact with local organisations. All Neighbourly members need to verify their addresses, which means you know exactly who your neighbours are. It’s easy to sign up too – just head to, enter your street number and email contact and you’re away.

Page reviewed: 16 Aug 2018 2:23pm