National Neighbourhood Watch week runs from 17th to 23rd June and is being supported by Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire. During that week the Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Watch Officers will be touring the county with the Police Community Engagement vehicle and with the help of Neighbourhood Watch Association members, scheme leaders, scheme members, PCSO’s and Police Cadets promoting Neighbourhood Watch.
We will be explaining the benefits and encouraging communities not covered by existing Neighbourhood Watch schemes to start new ones. People who agree to start a new scheme will be offered a free pack of SmartWater which is a traceable liquid and forensic property marking system used to prevent theft of high value items. There will also be range of crime prevention information freely available and a selection of crime prevention products available to buy while we are in each area.
Neighbourhood Watch volunteers are doing incredible work to make their communities safer and stronger here is one example of the work they do:
In our small village, which is four miles from Cirencester, we have just launched an initiative to help to look after residents who live alone, are a little infirm and/or are ‘of mature years’. ‘Village Contacts’ would telephone round their group if, for instance, the electricity board or water company warned us of an unexpected cessation of supply and make sure that they had a kettle full of water, a hot-water bottle or a torch as appropriate. We also have a defibrillator available and we run regular free First Aid training courses for all residents.
We have given everyone a Lions Club International “Message In A Bottle” canister and added to the Friends/Family Contacts/Medication sheet which comes in each bottle another form which lists other useful information. Mr P Ampney St Mary
As you can see from this example Neighbourhood Watch is not just about preventing crime, although that is a very important part of the work done, it is also about making people feel included and safe at home. The work done by Neighbourhood Watch is really appreciated by your local Police Officers, PCSO’s and staff.
We will be in your area on Tuesday 18th June at the following locations so please come along and find out more about Neighbourhood Watch
- Brewery Courtyard, Cirencester between 10am and midday
- The Co-op store, Station Road, Bourton on the Water from 1.30 to 3pm
Bob Lloyd and the Neighbourhood Watch Team
Message Sent By Bob Lloyd (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Gloucestershire)