Merseyside Police and Police Commissioner are supporting this year’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week, which runs from this Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 June.
Neighbourhood Watch is a useful way in which communities can work together with the police to prevent, detect and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. The message for this year’s awareness week is Connecting and Protecting Communities, with particular focus on raising awareness of scams.
Scams often target people in vulnerable situations and can come in many forms; emails, letters, telephone calls or in-person visits where rogue traders make false claims to con the victim out of money.
The national Neighbourhood Watch Network is working with the National Trading Standards Scams Team and, as part of the week, is encouraging its members to join Friends Against Scams to enable communities to talk about and understand scams, and to take a stand against them.
Sergeant Keith Burke, Citizens in Policing Coordinator for Merseyside Police has said: "Scams often prey on the elderly and vulnerable, which leave victims feeling more socially isolated as many choose against reporting them to their loved ones or to the police.”
"We can all play a part in protecting ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours from falling victim to scams by raising awareness of them and how they work to defraud people.”
"Being part of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme builds a stronger community spirit and by knowing your neighbours, anyone suspicious becomes much more obvious. By working together, we can continue to keep Merseyside a safe place to live and work.”
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership which helps the police to communicate more effectively with the communities it serves to both detect and prevent crime and make those areas an even better place to live.
“It also gives people the opportunity to play a more active role in guarding against crime in their own neighbourhoods, increasing public reassurance, reducing the fear of crime and fostering community spirit. On top of that, some companies even offer a reduction in the cost of their home insurance for members.
“Neighbourhood Watch is keen to increase its membership in Merseyside and I am committed to supporting their recruitment drive. I want the Neighbourhood Watch movement to flourish in our region, providing greater engagement between communities and the police and strengthen the fight against crime.”
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