MTÜ Eesti Naabrivalve (Estonian Neighbourhood Watch, NGO) was founded in 2000 with the primary goal of its activity being to increase the security of one’s living environment.
We introduce the principles of and develop the neighbourhood watch movement in Estonia. We offer training courses on different issues concerning safety and security, compile informational material and provide advice on questions related to security.
Currently there are 9 salaried employees in our association. In addition we have volunteer project managers, who coordinate the neighbourhood watch movement in Tartu, Võru, Põlva, Valga and Saaremaa island.
Provision of informational material on road safety issues. Raise the awareness of inhabitants in the field of road safety in cooperation with the Estonian Road Administration. Each neighbourhood watch member receives what is known as an info-map, where in addition to other information pertaining to road safety, there is also information about road safety for both adults and children.
In 2009 we plan on providing informational material to 1,000 households all over Estonia (in Estonian and Russian).
Organisation of training courses. At the beginning of the activity of every neighbourhood watch sector, we organise a meeting in which the district chief also participates. Road safety is one of the topics that is discussed (first and foremost being security equipment requirements and information).
We plan on organising 25 training courses in 2009.
Informational letters to neighbourhood watch members. MTÜ Eesti Naabrivalve informs its members by email on topics concerning security. During high season, we send reminders concerning the use of reflectors, choosing the right speed while driving and using security equipment. In addition, we inform inhabitants of road safety campaigns from the Estonian Road Administration. There are approximately 3,000 neighbourhood watch members in the Estonian Neighbourhood Watch’s direct mailing list.
We plan on publishing 5 informational letters on road safety in 2009.
Infrastructure safety – we help and provided consultations to neighbourhood watch members for the more effective functioning of traffic management. We help to draft petitions to traffic management institutions (local municipalities and the Estonian Road Administration). We make proposals for such things as the provision and installation of pedestrian crossings, road signs and speed restrictions.
In order to carry out these tasks, the association not only has a total of 9 salaried employees, but also volunteer workers, and in addition to the leaders of neighbourhood watch sectors (380 people) all over Estonia, with their role being to inform the inhabitants of their neighbourhood watch district.