Monumental effort to protect neighbourhood
More volunteers patrolling Monument Lane and new Watch schemes
A BUCKS Advertiser campaign to thwart doorstep rogues has sparked an increase in Neighbourhood Watch membership.
We urged readers to look after their neighbours last month after Trading Standards had announced that victims in the county were duped out of £14million a year.
The close-knit community of Monument Lane, in Chalfont St Peter, has since seen more people offering their time to carry out daily patrols to keep an eye out for unusual activity, strange parked cars, and suspicious goings-on.
Another two Neighbourhood Watch schemes have been set up and a third is in the pipeline thanks to the work of volunteers knocking on doors and our awareness campaign, which revealed that only a tenth of doorstep cons are reported.
Tony King, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Chalfont St Peter, said: “Since we last spoke, we have set up three more schemes in Chalfont St Peter. The whole ethos of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is neighbours should be more aware of each other.
“If they know of an elderly lady who lives alone who might be targeted, go see her, talk to her and warn her about these dangers.”
Mr King says his group recently had a meeting with Assistant Chief Constable Alan Baldwin, who stressed the importance of looking out for your neighbours and joining the watch to tackle all sorts of crimes, including cyber crimes.
Mr King added: “I would echo the assistant chief constable’s support for Neighbourhood Watch and its spread. The police do recognise it as a very good network to encourage people to protect themselves from crime.”
The new schemes in Chalfont St Peter are in Criss Grove and Northdown Road, and Mr King is working on another in Cross Lanes.
About half the roads in Chalfont St Peter now have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme running.
Victims in the village have been conned out of nearly £50,000 this year, with 18 scam cases reported to Trading Standards.
Find out about joining a scheme by contacting email@example.com.