Mon­u­men­tal ef­fort to pro­tect neigh­bour­hood

More vol­un­teers pa­trolling Mon­u­ment Lane and new Watch schemes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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 tonyjohnk­ing@gmail.com.

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