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Neighbourhood Watch hits crime in hotspot areas

The formation of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in hotspot crime areas has contributed to reducing residential burglary, Coordinators heard at their annual Neighbourhood Watch meeting this week.

The Safer Lambeth Partnership, which includes Lambeth Council and Lambeth Met Police, is calling on more volunteers to come forward and form Neighbourhood Watches of their own.

There are currently 136 Neighbourhood, Park and Business Watches across the Borough, and the numbers are increasing. Since April 2011, 21 Watches have been established and all have had a positive influence on reducing crime within their boundaries.

A good example is seen on the Deronda Estate and Conyers Road where residential burglary has ceased since the Watches were formed.

Coordinators also shared stories of how their members have gone over and above their traditional duties over the past year. Many have assembled thousands of burglary crime prevention kits, and assisted the Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Volunteers have provided crime prevention advice to commuters outside Stockwell Tube Station to prevent ‘snatch and grab’ robberies, whilst other volunteers have become Snow Wardens to free pedestrian areas from ice and snow.

Neighbourhood watch is an ideal example of the council, police and communities working together to reduce crime and build community cohesion which result in some big improvements. This ethos embodies the Council’s vision to in creating a Co-operative council.

Lambeth Neighbourhood Watch Manager, Karen Hunn, said:

“We all want to make Lambeth a safer community to live in. By talking to your neighbours, sharing advice or setting up a local Neighbourhood Watch, you can help keep your community and homes free from crime. As a community there are a number of steps we can all take to keep our neighbourhood free from crime and anti-social behaviour. This meeting is about finding more out about these steps and encouraging more people to join.

“It’s not just about reducing crime and the fear of crime but about creating a community spirit and a better quality of life. Anyone can join and play a part by watching out for suspicious or unusual activity, and reporting it to the police.”

Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Rachel Heywood, said: “I would like to thank Neighbourhood Watch members across the borough for the invaluable work they have done with our Community Safety team and Police to make their neighbourhoods safer places to be. This has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in many areas – but we want to do more.

“Our Be Safe campaign forms part of our cooperative council vision in which residents are given a greater say in how services are run. I want to see more innovative events like this meeting taking place across the borough. We want to provide community minded people with an opportunity to not only use our services but join forces with us to deliver them and make them even better.”

For more information on how you can create a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme the Lambeth Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator on 07768 068281, or email neighbourhoodwatch-LX@met.police.uk alternatively visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/SaferLambeth/GettingInvolved/NeighbourhoodWatch.htm

  • In an emergency always dial 999.
  • In a non emergency dial 101 or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team.
  • To report ASB dial 020 7926 4000.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report a crime anonymously.

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