Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Neighbourhood Watch Week about to begin

Neighbourhood Watch Week is about to begin, and the event will celebrate one of the UK’s biggest and most successful crime prevention schemes.

This year’s Week begins on Saturday June 16, running until Sunday June 24, and aims to make it even easier for members of communities across Essex to work together to reduce crime.

Alan Johnson, Chair of Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “Neighbourhood Watch helps communities feel safer. It provides a great opportunity for people to get involved with neighbours, friends and other local people, and create community spirit. Crucially, it creates a direct channel of communication between Essex Police and local people, and this helps to prevent crime and bring criminals to justice.

“Neighbourhood Watch members believe that everyone has a right to feel safe where they live. We promote that right by building strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.”

Chief Insp Tina Noble said: “Essex Police strongly supports the Neighbourhood Watch movement. Watch members work very hard for their neighbourhoods, and show great commitment in reducing crime in the communities in which they live and work. Essex Police is proud to work closely with Neighbourhood Watch which represents a shining example of community cooperation.”

Alan Johnson continues: “There are over 8,000 Neighbourhood Watch volunteer coordinators covering around one in three homes in Essex. During this year’s Neighbourhood Watch week we want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved. We’re always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact your local Neighbourhood Watch organisation directly, or speak to a member of your neighbourhood policing team.”

To find contact details for your local Neighbourhood Watch organisation, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk

1 COMMENT

  1. I’m really not sure about the new Neighbourhood Watch website. The old one was dusty, sparsely attended (like a big old gloomy warehouse, where you could just hear one or two voices in the far distance) but, at least you could logon to it. The new one is brighter and snappier but doesn’t recognise my details (in spite of the fact that I’m a member and recieve regular crime updates). So i re-register and get an mail with details Then I try again…. Zilch. For the 2nd time I’ve tried contacting the administrator (no response the first time) Not very reassuring I’m afraid. If they can’t get that right how secure is the rest of the site?

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