Neighbours needed for Derbyshire Police scheme

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Police from across the region, including Amber Valley, are looking for new residents to join Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes aim to bring together the community and encourage people to take steps to prevent crime in their neighbourhood, while working alongside police by sharing information about any suspicious activity.

Police say setting up or being involved in a scheme can help to both reduce and prevent crime, and also reassure those who may live in fear of becoming a victim by encouraging better communications with the police and closer communities.

Households involved become familiar with crime prevention and can display window stickers and street signs as a deterrent to thieves.

Members will also be able to sign up to the free Derbyshire Alert which sends and receives email, text, fax and voice messages, to keep members of the community informed of crimes in their area and current events.

Community safety inspector, Russell Dakin, said: “Our Neighbourhood Watch schemes provide a valuable link between the local community and the police by sharing information about crime or any suspicious activity.

“They aim to help people protect themselves and their properties, as well as helping to reduce the anxieties of becoming a victim of crime, by means of improved home security and greater vigilance.

“They may also help bring about a sense of community spirit.”

Insp Dakin added: “Neighbourhood Watch is an excellent way for the community to work with the police and help in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.

To find out more phone 0300 122 8526 or email chesterfielddistrictnhw@hotmail.co.uk.