A innovative way to spread information about crime and encourage the community to report incidents will be launched by the City of Bunbury and the police next week.
Bunbury Ewatch is a program that produces a community newsletter and website with information about crime in the city.
Those who sign up to it will receive a newsletter with information about crime that has happened in their specific area.
This will then be published on a website where people can also report crime in their area.
Bunbury police officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Peter Jenal approached the City of Bunbury with the idea about three months ago.
‘‘They run it up in Canning and Gosnells,’’ he said.
‘‘It will be really beneficial because we can get information out to the community quickly.
‘‘Also, the information we send will be relative to their area — so people in South Bunbury won’t have to read about things in Marlston Hill.’’
City of Bunbury community safety officer Peta Nolan said while there were a number of projects such as Neighbourhood Watch this program would make important crime information easily accessible.
‘‘It’s very local,’’she said. ‘‘It will make information more timely and relevant to particular areas.
‘‘People won’t be bombarded with information — just things that apply to them.’’
The program will be launched by the City of Bunbury and police next Wednesday.