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Neighbourhood watch is 30!

We work closely with partners and volunteers to reduce crime and disorder and make Warwickshire residents feel safe. So have invited our friends in Neighbourhood Watch Rugby to be our first’ Guest Bloggers’.

Hugh Trimble, Chair of Rugby Neighbourhood Watch gave us the following information to post:

The UK’s first Neighbourhood Watch was set up in Mollington, Cheshire in 1982 following the success of the scheme in America. Many more schemes followed throughout the UK, and 10 million people are now claimed to be members.

To celebrate this year the Rugby Neighbourhood watch association is hosting a week of events starting on Monday 18June. We will have activities in and around Rugby, culminating with a dinner dance, which is to be held at The Masonic Hall, on the evening of Saturday 23June.

The Mayor of Rugby will be at the event and Chief Constable Andy Parker will be the guest speaker.  We will be awarding outstanding members of Neighbourhood Watch for their efforts and we will have a disco till late. We will also be raising funds for the organisation with a raffle. Tickets for the dinner dance cost £25.00 and include a 3 course meal. If you want to join us call Mary Webb on 01788 573168 or Email Trisha Trimble on tricia.trimble@btinternet.com to book your ticket.

The Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Rugby is a partnership where people come together to make their communities safer. It involves Warwickshire Police, Rugby Community Safety Partnership, other voluntary organisations and, above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It aims 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.

Our goals are:

· To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.

· To assist Warwickshire Police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.

· To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.

· To improve Warwickshire Police /community liaison by providing effective communications through CAPS messaging which warn Co-coordinators of local crime trends which they can disseminate to their scheme members, and by members informing  Warwickshire Police of incidents when they occur.

Look out for an event near you in the near future and we hope you will be able to join us for our celebrations.

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