New Denny Neighbourhood Watch scheme aims to keep crooks away

Community councillors are hoping to expand the Neighbourhood Watch in Denny

Community councillors are hoping to expand the Neighbourhood Watch in Denny

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Residents are being asked to play their part in keeping a community safe and send a warning to conmen and crooks to stay away.

Denny and District Community Council is hoping to revitalise the former burgh’s Neighbourhood Watch schemes by signing up dozens of local people to take part.

There are already three existing watches in the area, but the community council is hoping it can work together to increase the community’s awareness.

Members recently attended the Neighbourhood Watch AGM to find out more about advancing the scheme.

Bill Gray, one of scheme’s local coordinators said: “We’re hopeful that if the watch can attract membership in three figures we will be able to request regular updates from the police and fire brigade.

“The big thing we’re promoting is ‘No Cold Calling’ - encouraging people to put clear signs in their door that it will not be tolerated and distributing a register of approved businesses.”

A leafleting campaign on the watch’s objectives will also be undertaken.

The UK’s first Neighbourhood Watch was set up in Mollington, Cheshire, in 1982 following the success of a similar scheme in Chicago.

Many more schemes followed throughout the UK, and it is now claimed that over 3.8 million households are covered by a neighbourhood watch.

The objectives of Neighbourhood Watch are to prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance and reducing opportunities for crime.

They assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious activity.

To volunteer for the Denny watch, or for more information, email dennyanddistrictcc@hotmail.com.