Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership where people come together to make their communities safer. It involves the Police, other voluntary organisations and above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live.
There are over 155,000 Neighbourhood Watch schemes across the country involving around 6 million households. All of them make a positive contribution to crime prevention and community safety.
The purpose of being a member of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme ensures that you have the benefit of being part of a group of neighbours who have made an effort in helping to prevent crime in their area. You may also receive a reduction on your home contents insurance.
It's free to set up a scheme, or be part of it. A Crime Prevention Officer will assess the security of your home and suggest ways of improving it. A local Co-ordinator is responsible for each scheme. They ensure that the scheme runs smoothly and acts as the contact with the Police.
Crime reduction and crime prevention are most successful when they involve everybody, not just the Police. You too can be more involved. If you want to join an existing scheme in your area - or start a new scheme - contact Dianne Hignett, the Crime Prevention Officer, on 01695 566353 and leave the rest to her.
West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership has provided funding towards Crime Prevention Packs for the over 60's.
The packs contain a crime prevention leaflet specifically aimed at older people and a handy door hanger containing the ‘STOP, CHAIN, CHECK’ message and useful contact numbers.
The packs will be delivered by members of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Community Volunteers, Crime Prevention Officers and Fire and Rescue officers to older and vulnerable members of the community during crime re-visits, at PACT meetings and other community events.
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