Sgt Paul Schofield

New Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Blackburn

OVER 80 residents in a Blackburn community have joined forces with the police to launch a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

The crime prevention scheme, which was launched in the Dalglish Drive, Garner Close, Flowers Close and Whelan Close areas of the town on Wednesday 20 July, encourages local residents to report suspicious activity to the police.

A group email address has also been set up by the local Crime Prevention Officer to keep residents informed about what they are doing to tackle crime and anti social behaviour.

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Sgt Paul Schofield said: “Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are a vital tool to help the police and communities to reduce crime. We have many schemes operating across the Borough and I appeal to anyone who wishes to join to contact their local policing team.

“Schemes are not solely about reducing crime, but they are also about fostering and growing communities who care about where they live and take action to improve the neighbourhood.”

A Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator has a number of responsibilities including arranging meetings between representatives, helping the police to deliver crime prevention information, liaising with the police, checking on vulnerable houses and identifying local issues and reporting them to the police or council.

Anyone who wishes to join the new scheme can contact Crime Prevention Officer Carol Hendey or their local neighbourhood police team on 0845 1 25 35 45.

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