Taking ownership of our community and our safety.

Simply worrying about our community’s crime problem isn’t going to help. Joining Darling Watch is the first step to becoming part of the solution. The more people there are to fight for the cause, the greater the impact, and the less the crime. Whether you are a patroller, or simply function as the eyes and ears of your immediate surrounds – every member counts.

Benefits of Darling Watch

Darling Watch is:

  • knowing what to do when crime or other emergencies occur
  • finding ways to make our community safer
  • promoting awareness of others who may need help or advice

Darling Watch is NOT about being a hero, being nosy or becoming a vigilante.

Reducing crime

Watches are in regular contact with the local police so minor problems can be dealt with before they develop. Being part of an active community helps deter criminals.

Watches contribute to crime prevention and can provide home safety advice.

Don’t leave it up to someone else, become a member and help to keep Darling safe and a valued neighbourhood.

1. Become part of the solution

Simply worrying about our community’s crime problem isn’t going to help, joining our local neighbourhood watch is the first step to becoming part of the solution. The more people there are to fight for the cause, the greater the impact, and the less the crime. Whether you are a patroller or function as the eyes and ears of your immediate surrounds – every member counts.

2. Inspire others

It’s extremely inspiring seeing others involved in something that does so much good and takes a stand against crime. Being an active member of your neighbourhood watch brings about a great sense of pride, accomplishment and community.

3. We would welcome your help

Darling Watch needs more patrollers. There are other activities which you might consider becoming part of.  Activities that can always use an extra pair of hands include sponsorship, finances, event planning, project management, written communication and social media management.

4. Knowledge is power

The Darling Watch organisation is extremely well connected, listening to the area’s residents and the local police. Information fed from these sources means the watch is able to keep its members up to date with the latest crime trends. The more residents know about what criminals are up to, the easier it is for them to take precautions and know what to do in the event of a break-in. As a Darling Watch member you’ll have access to this information and will be able to share it with friends and family.

5. Make friends

When a group of people who believe in the same cause get together there’s bound to be friendships formed, and who better to befriend than your neighbours.

Darling Watch is passionate about building a safe and caring community and your time and membership will truly make a difference to both your life and the lives of those who live in your neighbourhood

Become an Activist, join Darling Watch

Darling Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear in our community. Darling Watch fights the isolation that crime creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the community it serves.

We need your help, please. Become a Night-time patroller.

Our biggest challenge at the moment is enrolling more patrolling members who are willing and able to do night patrols – only one patrol of 2 hours per month is required. A patrol guide is provided to all patrolling members highlighting the patrol procedures and responsibilities. Please make contact with Gary Barrows should you wish to join the current list of patrolling members, his contact details are at the end of the article.

Why Darling Watch?

  • It works. Through the work of night-time patrollers, a dedicated committee and members, Darling Watch plays a significant role in crime prevention.
  • Today’s transient society produces communities that are less personal. Many families have two working parents and children involved in many activities that keep them away from home. An empty house in a neighbourhood where none of the neighbours know the owner is a primary target for burglary.
  • Darling Watch also helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address other community needs such as assisting primary school learners to stay in school and not drop out, early childhood development, recreation for youth to keep them off the streets and make them less vulnerable to substance abuse.

Darling Watch and Darling Neighbourhood Watch

It is important to note that Darling Watch is one of two neighbourhood watches in Darling and is registered to operate in the Darling South area. There is also the Darling Neighbourhood Watch which has been in existence for much longer than Darling Watch and operates primarily in the Darling North and East areas but also in Darling South. The two watches are both members of the Community Police Forum and collaborate on issues of mutual concern. It is understood that crime should be addressed from the perspective of Darling as a whole and not in isolation. Ongoing discussions will continue to take place between the two watches into the future to consider how best to operate and collaborate to manage crime risks in a holistic and integrated way.


Contact Gary Barrows if you would like to consider joining the team.

You can contact Gary on 083-533-8630 or at garybarrows@intekom.co.za

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