Published: June 20, 2011
Neighbourhood Watch Week to be marked in Burnham-On-Sea

Burnham-On-Sea's 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 are not.

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."


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