Police chief’s neighbourhood watch call

PCC Jane Kennedy
PCC Jane Kennedy
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Police chiefs are urging residents in St Helens to make a difference and join their local neighbourhood watch scheme.

The scheme, believed to be the largest voluntary organisation in the UK, boasting around six million members, encourages neighbours to look out for each other.

Now Merseyside Police commissioner Jane Kennedy wants even more Sintelliners to help make the town an even safer place to live.

She said: “The Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership which helps the police to communicate more effectively with the communities it serves to both detect and prevent crime and make those areas an even better place to live.

“It also gives people the opportunity to play a more active role in guarding against crime in their own neighbourhoods, increasing public reassurance, reducing the fear of crime and fostering community spirit.

“On top of that, some companies even offer a reduction in the cost of their home insurance for members.

“Neighbourhood Watch is keen to increase its membership in Merseyside and I am committed to supporting their recruitment drive.

“I want the Neighbourhood Watch movement to flourish in our region, providing greater engagement between communities and the police and strengthen the fight against crime.”

Merseyside Police supports each Neighbourhood Watch scheme, actively engaging with leaders and committees. Each scheme has a nominated police point of contact, who has responsibility for sharing information and crime prevention advice.

The police service also support those wishing to set up a new scheme, providing regular structured help and guidance to help them become established and provide a specific corporate point of contact for advice and support.

Merseyside’s new Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator Jeff Judge said: “Neighbourhood Watch schemes can help build stronger communities and provide reassurance to local residents, particularly those with vulnerabilities or have been victims of crime.

“There are other benefits from living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, such as reduced home insurance and the opportunity to meet new people in your area.

“Neighbourhood Watch is a growing movement and I would encourage anyone interesting in becoming involved to get in touch.”