Sunday, March 23, 2008

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

As the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for part of Bangor West I have initiated a scheme whereby 12 Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators from Bangor West, Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn meet on a regular basis. The idea of these meetings is that we get to know each other, we have each other’s contact details and with the attendance of the local PSNI officers we can officers exchange and receive valuable information.

At these meetings there will be a particular topic for discussion and from the most recent meeting the PSNI advised we should circulate the following information:

The Neighbourhood Watch scheme works by developing close liaison between the resident, your co-ordinator, and the local police.
The aim is to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit.

While I am your local co-ordinator and will help in any way I can – always remember – you must FIRST ring the local PSNI contact which is:

0845 600 8000 and ask for your local police station, which is BANGOR


Make your home more secure.
Opportunist thieves commit most burglaries. In two out of ten burglaries they don’t even have to use force – they get in through an open door or window.
Look at your home through the burglar’s eyes – are there places where they could break in unseen? Have you fitted strong locks on your doors and windows? Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?
Reduce the risk of burglary happening to you by making sure you’ve taken these simple instructions.
One amazing fact…. Approximately 90% of homes burgled in North Down did not have an alarm!
As the heading states…. Make it difficult for the burglar.