June 20, 2011
Watch Week to be marked in Burnham-On-Sea
Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and police will be marking National
Neighbourhood Watch Week with a special stall in the town's High
Street this Thursday (June 23rd).
Officers will be on hand from noon until 4pm, offering information
about local Neighbourhood Watch schemes and crime prevention advice.
The stall will be staffed by volunteers from Burnham's Neighbourhood
Watch groups, police officers and PCSOs.
National Neighbourhood Watch Week, which runs from 18th - 25th
June, aims to celebrate the success and impact of Neighbourhood
Watch schemes throughout the UK while encouraging more people
to get involved.
There are more than 4,600 Neighbourhood Watch schemes throughout
the Avon and Somerset police area, with around one in four households
currently benefiting from the increased security of knowing someone
is keeping an eye on their property.
Research shows that homes that are part of Neighbourhood Watch
schemes are four times less likely to be burgled than those that
Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley said: "There can't be
a stronger example of active citizenship in action than Neighbourhood
Watch. For nearly 30 years, members have been taking action to
make the areas where they live feel safer and reduce crime and
the potential for crime."