MELROSE MEWS became the latest Manchester community to formally launch a neighbourhood watch, with its hierarchy making a bold public commitment to thwart any advance of criminality.
Chief coordinator Cranston Kelly declared the community's intentions.
"This effort is a proactive approach, as this community has made giant leaps as it relates to having certain amenities and will be the target of thugs and their facilitators," said Kelly, a sergeant with the Mandeville police, and one of the earliest residents there.
"Our goal is to make Melrose a crime-free community," he emphasised.
The launch was well attended, and, as a measure of the organisation's influence, was able to attract the presence of top civic and political leaders, and security officials led by Minister of National Security Peter Bunting.
Superintendent Lascelles Taylor charged the citizens to be on the lookout for criminals "within or next door" more than the tendency to focus on those seemingly from the "outside".
Taylor, who demitted office recently, also urged citizens to scrutinise potential tenants who may be members of the lotto scam.