Neighbourhood Watch schemes are widely considered to be an effective way to reduce crime, improve communication and address concerns through a partnership between residents, police and the PCSP
Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP Chairperson, Councillor Oliver McMullan, said: “Neighbourhood Watch is an excellent scheme that brings neighbours together to support and protect themselves, their homes and their properties from crime. It’s hugely beneficial in reassuring those who have a fear of crime, particularly our elderly neighbours, while increasing community spirit and neighbourliness.
“I would encourage urban and rural residents across the Causeway Coast and Glens area to consider starting a scheme within their community. Advice and support on the accreditation processes are readily available from the PCSP.”
Neighbourhood Watch schemes are community driven and create opportunities for two-way communication between residents and police, with local co-ordinators acting as the primary point of contact.
Schemes vary in size with some covering as little as seven houses within a cul-de-sac and rural areas, or larger estates with over 100 residents.
Currently there are 52 active schemes in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, with a further 23 currently going through the accreditation process, covering over 4,000 households.
If you are interested in setting up a scheme or if you would like further information on Neighbourhood Watch, email [email protected] or call 028 703 47034.