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Humber Watch: Making communities safer

A new organisation to support Neighbourhood Watch groups across the Humberside Police Force area has been formed. Called the Humber Watch Association it will allow groups in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire to come together in sharing good practice; developing a collective approach to addressing issues; improving possible access to funding and developing long term strategies to increase wider community participation across the region.

It’s also hoped it will help Neighbourhood Watch groups to develop more effective working with the police and for strategies to be aligned to keep communities safe and involve the public in creating safer neighbourhoods.

Inspector Tim Harvey, Neighbourhood Watch lead for Humberside Police, said: “The assistance provided to police by Neighbourhood Watch groups across the Force area should never be under-estimated, as they play a significant and vital role in keeping communities safe and reducing crime. I am sure that having the Humber Watch Association will help in co-ordinating activity to keep communities safe, empower residents in keeping them and their properties safe and increasing the flow of community information about crime and anti-social behaviour being passed to authorities. I am keen to see Neighbourhood Watches grow across the area and would strongly encourage residents to get involved by joining existing groups or forming new groups if they don’t already exist.”

Keith Hunter, Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted to see the launch of the Humber Watch Association. One of the aims of my Police and Crime Plan is to deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities. I want to encourage residents to take a more active role in shaping the services they receive and Neighbourhood Watch is a vital part of that. Since Neighbourhood Watch first began decades ago, technology has moved on apace and there are now many more ways residents can stay in touch with their local police team, community safety partners and most importantly themselves, to share information and intelligence, helping to build safer communities in which we all have a part to play.”

The announcement of the association comes days before Neighbourhood Watch week, which takes place between Saturday 18th June till Sunday 26th June.

Anyone interested in forming or joining a Neighbourhood Watch group in their area  should contact their local co-ordinator. In the East Riding this is Maureen Yates. Telephone: 01482 391013 Email: Maureen.yates@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk