Posted on 5th June 2015
Safer neighbourhood officers, residents and community members have come together to celebrate the launch of a new Neighbourhood Watch group in Middlecroft.
The Edensor Court Neighbourhood Watch group was officially launched at an event on Thursday, June 4 in the retirement housing’s community room.
Fifty nine people have already signed up to the scheme, which sees local residents work alongside police in a bid to tackle community issues.
At the event, members discussed local concerns including dog fouling and anti-social behaviour (ASB) as well as some worries about cold callers and fraud.
PCSO Anna Kelsey from the Middlecroft and Poolsbrook Safer Neighbourhood Team attended the event. She said: “The majority of attendees were elderly and expressed their concerns about doorstep sellers and cold callers. They were worried that some traders do not take no for an answer so I was able to give advice on not opening the door if they were not expecting anyone, asking to see valid ID and pedlar’s certificates and looking out for neighbours and friends.
“I also informed residents about what to do if they think that they may have been scammed and encouraged them to take note of the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, 101, in case they need to speak to a member of the local policing team.”
Chesterfield and District Neighbourhood Watch Project Officer, Joye Dobbs said: “Neighbourhood Watch is one of the best examples of how the police and community can work together to prevent crime. Activities include giving crime prevention advice, circulating newsletters and encouraging members to report suspicious activity and hold regular scheme meetings. Also to pass on any crime alert messages received from the police.”
To find out more about setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area visit: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Neighbourhood-Watch/Set-Up-a-Scheme-of-Your-Own.aspx