By John Harrison
Following a recent increase in criminal and anti-social behaviour in Burton Joyce, representatives from the village met with Gedling Police earlier in the year to understand what could be done.
Based on its proven success in other areas, Gedling Police strongly recommended the village organise itself under the banner of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW).
Neighbourhood Watch schemes need the involvement of individual residents to succeed.
Research suggested that pockets of interest were strong in certain parts of the village. As a result it was decided to press ahead with establishing schemes in these areas.
With co-ordinators in place, each was asked to define their area. Street signage, window stickers and handbooks were provided. New street signage has gone up in the new areas to add to existing signage.
Flyers will shortly be delivered to every property in the new areas inviting residents to join.
Those who opt in will be provided with everything they need to understand what they should to do if they see crime or suspicious activity in their area and how to take action.
Co-ordinators will offer guidance and support. Newsletters updating all members will be issued and delivered three times a year containing relevant information.
Each co-ordinator will have direct contact with Gedling Police and Gedling Borough Council (GBC). Both the police and GBC will be actively involved in the new NHW schemes.
If you receive our flyer through your mailbox please join up. All we ask is that NHW members are vigilant and act in the event of a crime taking place or witnessing suspicious activity.
Details of each new area and the streets covered will be made available in early July across the village.
If your property is not covered, please consider how NHW could benefit you and your neighbours.
The new areas cover 400 properties in the village and a new scheme can be as large or as small as you like. Being an area co-ordinator is not hard – you will guide and advise neighbours on the actions they should take around crime and suspicious activity.
We look forward to welcoming new members to NHW. We also look forward to hearing from those who wish to establish their own schemes and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.