Heage and Ambergate folk urged to help tackle crime

Relaunch of Neighbourhood Watch Iniative at the Strand Centre Douglas.'New leaflet sponsered by Ellan Vannin Fuels.

Relaunch of Neighbourhood Watch Iniative at the Strand Centre Douglas.'New leaflet sponsered by Ellan Vannin Fuels.

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People living in Heage and Ambergate who want to help combat crime are being urged to start a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Police officers who patrol the villages are on the lookout for anyone who would like to help the community to prevent crime.

The volunteers will help coordinate Neighbourhood Watch schemes in their area.

Neighbourhood Watches are small groups of residents who look out for signs of crime in their community and share information with each other and the police.

Members also receive advice from officers on home security and coordinators can help other residents to tap into the support offered by other agencies.

Police Community Support officer, Scott Hunt, from the Heage safer neighbourhood policing team, told the News: “We are particularly looking for people who could spare a couple of hours a month to coordinate a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in their area.

“Getting involved in the initiative has many benefits from helping to prevent and detect crime, creating a strong community spirit and possibly even reducing the cost of home insurance in your neighbourhood.”

For more information you can contact PCSO Scott Hunt on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email belper.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

You can also follow the Heage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on Twitter: @HeageSNT

Schemes currently operate in Nether Heage, Whatstandwell, Street Lane, Denby and various areas of Ripley and Belper. Details about schemes in your area can be found at www.ourwatch.org.uk

The Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator will need to be in contact with the crime prevention co-ordinator at their nearest police station.