Inspector Bel Sixsmith, Deputy PCC Ashley Bertie, Kardaya Rooprai Chair of West Midlands Neighbourhood Watch Force Area Association and Chief Supt. Kenny Bell launch neighbourhood watch week

Officers and staff at West Midlands Police are supporting national Neighbourhood Watch Week with a range of activity across the region.

The week of action comes at a time when the latest nationwide research reveals that residents living in areas covered by Neighbourhood Watch experience 11% fewer crimes.

As part of the force’s ongoing commitment to Neighbourhood Watch, officers are working closely with local coordinators on a variety of projects including community events, joint patrols, sharing the latest crime prevention advice and promoting the WMNow email messaging system.

The national week, which runs from 17 – 23 June is aimed at presenting a more rounded view of the world-famous movement. Neighbourhood Watch is becoming much more about dealing with a range of social and individual issues faced by our communities and society, moving away from the traditional ‘curtain twitching’ stereotype.

Inspector Bel Sixsmith, force lead for Neighbourhood Watch, said: “We really value the work of Neighbourhood Watch and it’s great to have this week that focuses on all the good work that goes on.

“We want this week to highlight the great work of our volunteers and showcase that Neighbourhood Watch today isn’t just about reducing crime (although this is a key focus), it’s also about looking out for people in general.

“The launch of the new West Midlands Neighbourhood Watch Force Area Association is a really positive step. We’re working really closely with the Chair, Kardaya Rooprai, in helping support all the local NW schemes and coordinators who do such a good job.

“Being part of an active community that works together can help to prevent and reduce crime and the fear of crime. By looking out for each other it also helps to protect people from harm.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie said: “Local communities play a key role in reducing crime and being involved in Neighbourhood Watch is a good way to do this. Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and myself want to see more people involved in Neighbourhood Watch schemes as they are the eyes and ears of West Midlands Police.

“The role of Neighbourhood Watch has changed over the past few years and has gone from people looking out of their windows to communities actively working together to support each other. I am pleased that WMP is taking part in the national week and I hope that more people get involved in schemes which operate in their local area.”

Visit http://www.ourwatch.org.uk for more information on schemes across the West Midlands.