Good neighbours are needed for revival

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HOUSEHOLDERS are being called on to show their community spirit by helping to refresh a national home safety network.

Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary are encouraging residents to start or join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in their area.

The call to action is part of a drive to modernise the movement and increase membership to at least half of all homes in County Durham.

New area associations have already been set up in east Durham, Stanley and Durham City and surrounding areas.

Members received training on problem solving in the community, set up Cold Calling Awareness Zones and helped vulnerable residents have free door chains and window locks fitted.

Neighbourhood policing teams will be out and about in communities across County Durham until Friday talking to residents about the scheme.

Assistant Chief Constable Michael Banks said: “We consider local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and scheme members as our partners in reducing crime.

“By making this partnership stronger we can make it much more difficult for criminals to be active in their communities.”

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, the council’s cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “We are proud to support the police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers.

“Together we can help more people become active in their neighbourhoods and contribute to a growing feeling of safety.”

To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch call Durham Constabulary on 101 and ask to speak to your community liaison officer.

Alternatively, email Durham County Council at safer.communities@durham.gov.uk