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Police and Watch members support National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week

Dorset Police and local watch members are supporting National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week 2014 – with a series of public events taking place around the county.

National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week starts this Saturday 14 June and runs until 21 June 2014.

A number of events have been organised by Neighbourhood and Home Watch groups in Dorset for residents to take part in fun activities and to gain good practical advice on crime prevention – while also getting to know their local watch group members and finding out how to get involved.

View the list of events being held in Dorset during the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week (24kb PDF)

There are Watch schemes running throughout Dorset, covering residential areas, business premises and also rural locations through specialist groups like Horse Watch and Farm Watch.

John Shave MBE, Chair of the Association of Dorset Watches, said: “Watch Week affords the opportunity for Watch groups nationally to showcase their activities, offer crime prevention advice and promote the benefits of Watch membership.

“I would urge Dorset residents to support the Watch events and activities taking place in their area.”

Examples of some of the events taking place include Sheducation and free bike marking at Moors Valley, engagement surgeries across Dorset and a Heath Watch Event at Hamworthy Fire Station.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “Watch schemes provide an important link between the police and local people. It is important we strengthen this relationship and encourage more people to join so we can continue to build safer neighbourhoods across Dorset.

“I am keen to encourage greater participation especially in areas of the county where Watch Groups are less established. We each have a responsibility to keep our communities safe and it is important to work together to tackle crime.”

Issued: 9 June 2014

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