Could You Help Protect Your Community?

Shaftesbury and Gillingham Home Watch Association are seeking local volunteers to prevent closure of the organisation.

Dorset Police are supporting Shaftesbury and Gillingham Home Watch Association (S&GHWA) to recruit volunteers to help keep North Dorset a low crime area.

There are currently several vacancies available (click here for vacancies) on the Home Watch Association committee that oversees the distribution of crime messages to residents across Gillingham and Shaftesbury and the surrounding villages.

Geoff Peters, Chairman of S&GHWA says: “All residents have a skill that they can use to help bring crime down in their area, whether that’s helping to co-ordinate messages for their street or helping to write press-releases for the committee, there is a role for everyone. We have a membership of over 200 people, but without volunteers on the committee, sadly we will have to dissolve the organisation in December.”

Inspector Rob Chalkley, responsible for policing in North Dorset: “The Home Watch Association does an outstanding job, criminals look to exploit ‘easy’ areas where they are less likely to get caught. The fantastic work of Geoff and the Home Watch deters criminal activity and they have helped keep North Dorset’s crime rate low, making it a safe place to live, work and visit.

"For a couple of hours of your time each month, you can help us keep it that way. Volunteering for the Home Watch Association is a great way of becoming involved in the local community as well as learning valuable new skills.  I ask residents to contact Geoff and see how they can help.”

Visit the Home Watch Association website [here] for more information or if you are interested in one of the roles, email Chairman, Geoff Peters, on the following address: Chairman@sghwa.org.uk

Issued: 2 September 2015

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