Stop crooks by joining Denny Neighbourhood Watch

Supporting Denny Neighbourhood Watch this week were, from left, Peter Kirwan of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, Bill Gray, local coordinator, Denny Fire Station crew manager Darren Ryan, Simon Williams of Falkirk Council and PC Iain Taylor, who is based at Denny High School. Picture: Alan Murray
Supporting Denny Neighbourhood Watch this week were, from left, Peter Kirwan of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, Bill Gray, local coordinator, Denny Fire Station crew manager Darren Ryan, Simon Williams of Falkirk Council and PC Iain Taylor, who is based at Denny High School. Picture: Alan Murray
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Police and fire officers are there to protect our communities but residents are being reminded that they too can play a vital role.

Neighbourhood Watches have been around since the 1980s but work is underway to breathe new life in one town’s scheme in the hope that its success will be replicated across the Falkirk district.

Denny and District Community Council is encouraging residents to register for its watch scheme, and is being supported by local police, fire and Falkirk Council officers.

“We’re looking for people to register, not to volunteer or patrol the streets,” said Bill Gray, local coordinator. “Even by placing a sticker in your front window, you send a message to any potential criminal that people are looking out for one another.”

Lisa Toon, development officer at Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, is encouraging residents to get involved.

“We support local watches and other members of the public through our free Neighbourhood Alert system,” she said. “This allows people to receive local safety information from Police Scotland to their e-mail or phone.”

Information on the Denny watch can be found in Denny Library or Community Education Centre, or by emailing Dennyanddistrictcc@gmail.com.

To sign up for free local alerts, visit www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk