Police work with the community to prevent Wealden crime

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CRIME prevention in and around the home was the theme behind a training event organised by Wealden police for local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators.

Inspector Tony Wakefield, from Wealden’s Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), said: “This training is an excellent example of the community working together with their local police to prevent crime.

“Neighbourhood Watch are playing a really proactive part in this scheme and the training will give those who took part the skills to go out and help their neighbours.

“I look forward to continuing my support for this and other schemes which assist Neighbourhood Watch in achieving their aim of people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, race and class, to create real communities that benefit everyone.”

Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Hailsham and Hellingly, Sarah Hamper, attended the training which was given by Crime Prevention Officer Trevor Cox.

She said: “Attending an informative training evening such as this has given me an understanding of the theory of burglary prevention. It demonstrated how, just by keeping gardens and houses in good condition and by locking things such as ladders away in sheds or garages, you can deter burglars.

“Even by knowing that your property is marked and can be returned to you should it be stolen can put people’s minds at rest.”

The co-ordinators can now offer the service to all residents in their Neighbourhood Watch group. If, however, someone becomes a victim of crime they will still be visited by the local NPT; the service offered by Neighbourhood Watch is designed to complement the police and not replace it.

Wealden Police are hoping to hold more crime prevention training sessions in the future, as well as offering inputs on other types of crimes.

If you are a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator in Wealden and would like to be included in future training, or if you would like set up a Neighbourhood Watch in your area, you can contact police via district.wealden@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or by phoning 101, extension 68310. Alternatively visit the website www.ourwatch.org.uk