Residents in Drumblade (near the Lions Swimming Pool) will soon be reaping the benefits of being part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
A short ceremony was held to mark the start of the scheme, which involves more than 50 residents and their Neighbourhood Officer PC Cornelius Pompey.
At the event, PC Pompey made an address in which he expressed his commitment to enhancing safety within the community.
‘We cannot sit back and wait for events and incidents to happen. Instead we must be proactive,’ he said. ‘Local residents are best placed to know what activity in their area is suspicious and what vehicles parked in their street do not belong to householders, and this information coupled with the prompt reporting of incidents to the police is invaluable to help deter criminals and catch them in the act.’
Officer Pompey also encouraged residents to work together as much as possible.
‘Something as simple as notifying your neighbours that you will be away so they can keep an eye on your home could help prevent or detect a crime,’ he said.
RCIPS Inspector Adrian Barnett has volunteered to coordinate the new scheme. ‘We have a great opportunity here to help prevent crime taking place in the area by working together as a community,’ he said.
Inspector Barnett also praised the concept of neighbourhood policing and the active involvement of local officer PC Pompey.
Anyone in the South Sound area wishing to know more about Neighbourhood Watch or any other crime prevention methods and tips should contact PC Pompey on 925-3046 or email [email protected].