Sutton Veny Neighbourhood Watch
This Scheme has now somewhat lapsed owing to the different style of community policing and the increasing age of many of the Street Coordinators.
A wider form of village organisation is under discussion and this might well incorporate many of the advantages of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme when it was running.
It is worth reminding readers of the basic, sensible measures that should be taken to discourage burglaries from properties
- To have adequate door locks and window catches and to use them if the house is unoccupied. It is also worth locking doors in the evening if you are engrossed in the television.
- Take sensible precautions to conceal the fact that the house is unoccupied, e.g. close garage door, leave lights/radio on, cancel milk and papers when away, etc.
- Keep sheds and other outbuildings locked and hide any machinery or tools that can be seen through the windows.
Some insurance companies offer a discount on household cover for members of a Scheme.
Residents who notice anything suspicious should, in an emergency, call the police on 999. If less urgent, telephone 101. (Be patient when ringing this number as there may be a delay if the operators are particularly busy.) Alternatively, the Village Co-ordinator could be contacted and appropriate action can be decided upon.
There is a fine line between “snooping” and sensible observation, but areas with an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme have shown a reduction in burglaries and thefts. Any queries about the village scheme should be addressed to:
Peter Strangeways, NW co-ordinator
Furrows, 101 High Street, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AW Tel: 01985 840403 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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