National Neighbourhood Watch Week
Residents across South Bucks are being encouraged to sign up to Neighbourhood Watch and Community Messaging as part of National Neighbourhood Watch Week 13th June 2011.
National Neighbourhood Watch Week aims to highlight the real value of having the protection of Neighbourhood Watch for your area and the availability of help to set up and develop a new group.
South Bucks District Councillor Anita Cranmer, Portfolio Holder for Community, says "We are celebrating Neighbourhood Watch because it plays an important role in helping to keep South Bucks safe and is instrumental in passing vital information to the police. It is about looking out for one another and making sure we can outsmart criminals and learn about how to protect ourselves from crime."
Neighbourhood Watch schemes involve groups of residents in crime prevention work. These take many forms; from groups who share information from the police and other community safety partners, to ones that are highly active and get involved in volunteer work that has a positive impact on their local area.
The Community Safety Partnership also supports Community Messaging which is available to anyone who wishes to register. Members of the public who are registered will receive regular information about crime that has happened in their area and advice on what they can do to protect themselves and their property.
Neighbourhood Inspector Bhupinder Rai, says, "Neighbourhood watch and Community Messaging are both systems whereby community safety information can be sent directly to residents and local businesses who register to receive the messages. The majority of the existing 36,500 recipients in Thames Valley are members of Neighbourhood Watch schemes who pass on the information to thousands more people. You can opt to receive the messages at home or at work, by phone or via email. In South Bucks, there are more than 689 residents signed up to Community Messaging and 515 of those are Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators."
If you would like to get involved in Neighbourhood Watch or would like to sign up to community messaging, you can contact:
Amersham Watch Office
Amersham Police Station
King George V Road
Tel: 01494 736642
For more information please contact
South Bucks District Council,
Denham, Bucks. UB9 4LH
Tel: 01895 837200