MAIDEN Gully could lose an important source of community information as its Neighbourhood Watch faces closure.
The watch will be forced to shut if it cannot find a new secretary and president to elect at its next meeting.
Members believe it is the last Neighbourhood Watch running in Bendigo.
Secretary Greg White said it would be a dent in Maiden Gully's community spirit if the Neighbourhood Watch closed down. He said the watch's newsletter provided information about what happened in the suburb.
Mr White said both he and the president planned to step down from their position. But if the committee could not find replacements by Wednesday November 13 it would be forced to close.
He said the organisation was looking for community minded people with a bit of time on their hands to volunteer.
About 15 people make up the Neighbourhood Watch's key group of volunteers, while about 30 deliver newsletters.
Mr White said the Neighbourhood Watch supported the Maiden Gully Progress Association's big picture goals, and provided community information.
"It's all about communication, just letting people know simple things. Like 'Be aware that the crime rate in the last couple of months has been pretty good, but there's been opportunistic theft'," Mr White said.
"Maiden Gully's about to explode. Down the road there's going to be a thousand allotments over 10 years. Maiden Gully is going to get bigger so it's more important to keep something like this going."
Mr White said part of the reason Bendigo's Neighbourhood Watches had closed down was a move from the central organisation to push its activities onto Facebook.
But Mr White said neither he, or other committee members, used Facebook.
He said changes to Victoria Police meant the Neighbourhood Watch no longer had direct support from officers.
Neighbourhood Watch chief executive Bambi Gordon said some groups were beginning to close as members aged, while in growth areas new groups were beginning.
Ms Gordon said making sure that the community was connected was an important part of Neighbourhood Watch's work, both formally and informally.
"It's kind of an evolutionary cycle, but at its heart it's still about watching out for each other, doing the simple things that we can do to prevent crime," Ms Gordon said.
"We know that being connected contributes to people's sense of wellbeing. It lessens their fear, and adds to their quality of life. Ultimately our aim across the state is to improve the liveability of Victoria."
Ms Gordon said Neighbourhood Watch was run by Victoria Police between its launch in 1983 and about 2010. At that point it became a community organisation.
Ms Gordon said Neighbourhood Watch's purpose was the same as when it began, to encourage neighbours to look out for each other, to hear true crime statistics from police, and to educate people to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
She said the organisation was having a great surge of growth because of Victoria's population boom.
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