Neighbourhood Watch underlines how simple steps can reduce crime risk

Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association will be raising awareness of simple crime prevention tips in Bexleyheath Broadway this Saturday between 10am and 3pm to encourage people to make their road a Neighbourhood Watch area and help cut crime.  Details of the event - which forms part of Neighbourhood Watch Week - were revealed at the organisation’s annual general meeting at Bexley Council’s Civic Offices on Monday night.

Local members heard how Bexley’s Neighbourhood Watch group had attracted sponsorship from Cory Riverside which had helped support more crime prevention information being made available to residents.  One new area of focus included ‘Plot Watch’ aimed at reducing thefts from the borough’s allotments.

The meeting also received an update from Chief Inspector Ian Broadbridge of Bexley Police on the work of local safer neighbourhood police teams.  Other topics of discussion included the use of ‘Smartwater’ to mark items and deter theft; ensuring UPVC doors are locked properly to help secure your home from burglars; and being alert to bogus emails to try and obtain bank passwords and other personal details. 

James Brokenshire MP, the patron of Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch, thanked the organising committee and all of the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators for their hard work over the course of the last year and the contribution this had made in making the Borough safer.  The MP thanked Ray Hudson as outgoing Neighbourhood Watch chairman for his many years of service and congratulated his successor Dana Wiffen on his appointment.

Commenting James Brokenshire said:

Neighbourhood Watch provides fantastic support to the Police and makes an important difference in helping make our communities safer.  Our local group in Bexley is working hard to encourage more neighbourhoods to get involved and make it that much harder for criminals to commit crime.  It was good to hear of the progress made over the last year and how greater awareness of simple steps to help secure your home can cut crime.”

For further information on Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch you can visit their website www.bexleywatch.org.uk or call 020 8284 5537