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What is Neighbourhood Watch?
The object of Neighbourhood Watch is to unite the community and drive away crime and anti-social from a neighbourhood. In today’s society each of us has a vital role to play by actively becoming involved in crime prevention. Informal Neighbourhood Watch schemes have been operational for years; where neighbours look after each others homes while they are away on holiday or in hospital etc. The concept of Neighbourhood Watch is to develop this idea to operate on a wider scale and in co-operation with the local police.
The idea is to protect each other by letting the police know of anything you see or hear that you consider to be suspicious. Residents possess the local knowledge of their Neighbourhood that the police find hard to achieve. For example, a police officer would not recognise someone in your garden as a stranger, but your neighbour would. It is this kind of awareness and willingness to help each other that is the basis of Neighbourhood Watch.
All that is asked of any resident is that whilst going about their normal day to day activities, such as going to and from work, exercising the dog, taking the children to or from school, shopping etc., that they keep their eyes and ears open for anything suspicious.
While Neighbourhood Watch belongs to the community and runs itself it works in conjunction with the police and the local authority. Areas where schemes operate have shown a marked reduction in street crimes such as burglary, theft of and from vehicles, damage and anti-social behaviour. The presence of Neighbourhood Watch window stickers and street signs deter potential wrongdoers who are aware there is more chance of their actions being observed and reported.
We have 5 Neighbourhood Watch coordinators in Greatstone at present. However the police are always on the look out for more. For a chat about setting up a scheme in Greatstone area please contact Paul Brosnan 01233 896126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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