Resident sets up crime watch page to help community
A BENARKIN North resident has set up a new crime watch Facebook page, in an attempt to service the community and keep the streets safe.
Dana Greentree set up the new page, Blackbutt & Benarkin Crime Watch, on December 27, and it already has close to 170 likes from across the region.
"Yesterday a lady posted on the buy, swap and sell page about a guy that was in her local area acting very angry and agitated, and that sparked my interest to set up this page," she said.
"We also have a lot of car accidents and incidents that happen throughout the area and it all goes on the one buy, swap and sell page, that's why I thought it was a good idea to have a crime watch page."
Ms Greentree said she also hoped it would help the small police force currently residing in Blackbutt.
"We've got one fantastic constable who goes above and beyond for this community to make sure we're well protected and safe," she said.
"And there's a new sergeant now as well, those guys are doing a great job down there but they're struggling and it's a small station so it would be good to get that extra help to make sure they're looked after as well."
Ms Greentree said many other towns and cities throughout Queensland had crime watch pages, so it made sense for Blackbutt-Benarkin to have one as well.
"It's just to get the awareness out there and let everyone in the community know what's going on and spread awareness," she said.
"I'm just happy that it's going to help people in the community."
There was one other reason that encouraged Ms Greentree to set up the page.
"Last month my mum passed away from pancreatic cancer and I've just been feeling really lost and didn't know what I wanted to do.
"This page has given me purpose, a boost of energy and has really helped me re-focus."