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The City of Reykjavík has taken up an experimental neighborhood watch project in cooperation with Reykjavík police.

Capital’s inhabitants will keep watch of their neighbors’ homes whenever the occupants are away in an attempt to prevent burglaries and vandalism. This is reported in all the main media.

In a ceremony yesterday, Reykjavík mayor Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson erected a sign with the neighborhood watch’s logo on a street in the suburb of Grafarvogur where the project was launched.

The mayor told RÚV that the experiment is a response to a recent increase in burglaries in the capital area, which, he said, are possibly linked to growing drug consumption.

The experimental project, which will have a one-year test phase, will also be launched in five other streets in Reykjavík. The organizers of the project will hold a meeting with the inhabitants of each street to familiarize residents with the idea of neighborhood watch.

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