Drive to recruit Isle neighbourhood watch members

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

A recruitment drive to create more neighbourhood watch groups across the Isle has been launched in a bid to reduce crime.

Creating and promoting the work of community volunteers has been identified as a priority by those who set the crime-fighting agenda.

In the last three months, a neighbourhood watch group has been set up in Owston Ferry which has attracted more than 70 members. Other groups have been established in Haxey and Belton.

Now, the Neighbourhood Action Team, which decides policing and crime-fighting priorities, says it wants to ‘enhance and encourage’ community crime prevention.

A North Lincolnshire Safer Neighbourhoods spokesman said: “North Lincolnshire Neighbourhood Watch is thriving and there are currently more than 180 groups.

“We will continue to develop and support more groups either when the need arises or when groups come forward to offer their services.”

The spokesman added training and support would be provided.

It is hoped the drive will be proactive in reducing the number of house burglaries.

Earlier this month The Bells revealed that 20 homes a week were been burgled in The Isle.

The action team was told arrests have been made over break-ins in Epworth and Westwoodside and property has been recovered.

In Wroot, the creation of a neighbourhood watch has not only helped reduce crime in the village following a spate of break-ins but has also boosted community spirit.

Group co-ordinator Sarah Powell said: “People were in the pub were saying they couldn’t believe it was happening in a place like Wroot. We felt really targeted and people were feeling vulnerable.”

Sarah said she knocked on doors in the village to find out who was interested in becoming actively involved with the group.

Each member is now given 20-30 homes that ‘belong’ to groups.

Sarah added: “It’s not just about crime, it’s about community.”

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