Watching out for the neighbours

Constable Scott Beattie is pictured with residents of Idvies View who have now set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk)
Constable Scott Beattie is pictured with residents of Idvies View who have now set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk)

RESIDENTS of Idvies View in Letham are the latest to join up to the successful Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

The scheme was unveiled last Tuesday evening when Constable Scott Beattie went along to meet the local residents.

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever.

The simple idea behind the scheme is for residents to get together to reduce the opportunities for criminal activities.

This is achieved by:

encouraging closer links with your communities by looking out for each other and each other’s property;

encouraging and actively participating in crime reduction initiatives and practices;

reporting suspicious incidents to the police when they happen;

working with the police, local authority, other partner agencies and voluntary organisations to enhance community safety where you live.

Constable Beattie said that, by taking this action, residents are actively reducing the opportunities for crime and fear of crime and in particular for vulnerable residents within their community.

Tayside Police are fully committed to and support NHW in Angus, Perth and Kinross and the city of Dundee. The Crime Reduction Unit at Tayside Police Headquarters is responsible for administration with support from the relevant divisional areas.

Constable Beattie said: “Hopefully the launch of Idvies View in Letham will encourage other streets in the village to join Neighbourhood Watch.

“The main aims of Neighbourhood Watch include preventing crime by improving security, increasing vigilance and increasing crime prevention awareness.

“It also improves communication between myself and those in the Watch where they can now promptly report suspicious incidents, criminal activity and I can pass on relevant information.

“For further information on NHW please contact Claire Taylor, Crime Prevention Officer for Angus on (01307) 477477.”