Neighbourhood Watch vital to war on crime

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Monday February 7, 2011
David Millar, Chairman of H&F NHW Association, presenting at the Lyric Theatre event

The borough’s thriving network of neighbourhood watch groups ‘has never been more vital’, according to the outgoing Met Police borough commander.

Det Ch Supt Kevin Hurley – who is retiring this week after 30 years in the force – used his last public engagement to praise crime-fighting residents and, in particular, neighbourhood watch co-ordinators.

Speaking to more than 100 residents who packed into the Lyric Theatre on Thursday 3 February, he said: “These are tough economic times and we may see a slight increase in reported crime due to several blips earlier in the year.

“So your work and energy in reporting any suspicious incidents is vital. We all need to avoid complacency, get stuck in and keep putting in the energy that we did on day one.”

David Millar, chairman of H&F NHW Association, said: “Crime prevention is the key and with so many active watches in the borough the message is getting out there that we can all deter criminals by taking fairly simple steps – like fitting good locks and not leaving valuables on show.”

The panel, which included H&F Council cabinet member Greg Smith, fielded questions on a range of topics from dangerous dogs and burglary to the Government’s new crime-mapping website.

Cllr Smith said: “The efforts of local people to report crime and suspicious behaviour does make a big difference.

“From H&F Council’s point of view, cracking down on crime remains a top priority and we are straining every sinew to keep funding the extra town centre beat police that we currently pay for.”

Tony Twiss, 65, a resident of Rylett Road, Shepherds Bush, added: “The police safer neighbourhood teams are fantastic as they provide a direct local link for residents to give us feedback on crime problems.

“The dialogue between my neighbours and our local bobbies works to deter crime and has also brought the community closer together.”

Visit: www.police.uk and www.hfnhw.org.uk.