CRIME: Neighbourhood Watch

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Neighbourhood Watch in West Yorkshire which boasts around 4,000 local schemes across the county. Neighbourhood Watch is a simple but effective initiative where people come together to promote safety and reduce crime in their neighbourhoods.

West Yorkshire’s Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins acknowledges the support and dedication of all those involved in Neighbourhood Watch schemes in a short film which can be viewed here.

She said: “I would like to thank all those Neighbourhood Watch scheme co-ordinators and members who have worked with us over the years to reduce crime. We are seeing a significant reduction in the numbers of house burglaries and other burglaries in West Yorkshire. Neighbourhood Watch is obviously playing a big part in helping to achieve these reductions and improve the quality of life for local people.”

Online Watch Link, or ‘OWL’ technology is now helping local Neighbourhood Watch groups prevent crime and help find people wanted by the police. OWL is a shared, secure online platform which details the latest local crime alerts, suspect appeals and details of missing people.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “Preventing crime is everyone’s business and as individuals we have an important role to play in the prevention of crime. Neighbourhood Watch plays a vital role in making our communities safer and feel safer. They are a valuable community partner and I will continue to work with them to help increase the number of schemes available across West Yorkshire. It’s very important that we recognise and support our Neighbourhood Watches on a regular basis and hear from them directly. It is impressive how one scheme can make such a difference to an area and how just one person can make a difference.”

More details about the scheme and how to set up a new group can be found at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/nhw

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