East Riding of Yorkshire Council is joining forces with Humberside Police and local neighbourhood watch groups in a bid to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
The neighbourhood watch scheme is a partnership where people come together to make their communities safer and there are currently 199 groups within the East Riding which are supported by council officials and the police.
Neighbourhood watch groups aim to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, a greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents and fostering a community spirit.
Rosemary Wood and Andy Stockdale run a successful neighbourhood watch group in Bridlington and said: “Neighbourhood watch groups are an important part of the community, more so now than ever, and being part of a group does give you a sense of security and belonging.
“The community need to take more responsibility for crime resilience and reduction in their area and look out for each other and working alongside the council and the police, we can do that.”
Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council and the police can’t deal with the problems and issues arising from crime and anti-social behaviour alone, they need the help of the whole community.
“Neighbourhood watch provides a way for people of the East Riding to play an important part in helping to make their communities safer.”
Chief Inspector James Glansfield from Humberside Police, said: “Residents are the eyes and ears of the community and are what makes the neighbourhood watch schemes work so well.
“By working as a team with residents and partner agencies, we can help to prevent victims of crime and notify people quickly of any problems occurring in their neighbourhood.”
Anyone who is interested in setting up a neighbourhood watch group in their area should visit http://bit.ly/1BGspPN or contact Maureen Yates, community and crime reduction officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council on (01482) 391013.