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Dog walkers to form new neighbourhood watch project

Dog walkers in North Warwickshire are being urged to sign up for a new ‘neighbourhood watch’ type project, which is a first for the county.

‘Dog Watch’ is a joint project run by the Borough Council, Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Team.   The idea is that dog walkers can act as the eyes and ears for the local community and report anything out of the ordinary on their regular routes.

Members signing up to ‘Dog Watch’ will receive an information leaflet and a note-pad to record any information to be reported.  There is also an online form to ensure the information is passed to the relevant agency.

Councillor Peter Morson, Chair of the North Warwickshire Community Safety Partnership said:

“Dog walkers are often the first people out and about in the mornings and the last out in the evenings and tend to use the same routes.  So, they tend to be the first to hear and notice anything unusual in their area. They can use their local knowledge to provide crucial information which will make their local area safer and also receive relevant local crime information. “

Dog Watch is being launched this month with further information available from local PCSOs, Parish Councils, vets’ surgeries and pet supply stores or contact Lloyd Scarsbrook at the Borough Council on 01827 719356 or Helen Earp at the County Council on 02476 483163.

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