Neighbourhood watch co-ordinators from 11 schemes across Dungannon district gathered for a special event in December, at which they were given ‘tool kits’ to help them build safer communities.
Organised by Dungannon’s Policing & Community Safety Partnership [PCSP] the Neighbourhood Watch Information Event took place at Ranfurly House.
And it is hoped that the tool kits, distributed by the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, will help scheme co-ordinators to reach out to the residents in their area, said a PCSP spokesperson.
The kits contained a number of crime prevention items including Door Wedge Alarms, Hi-Vis Vests, Door Chimes and Emergency Lights together with a variety of information leaflets.
Eamon McClean, Vice-Chair of Dungannon PCSP spoke at the event, followed by Ivan Wilson, Community Safety Project Support Worker who talked about the workings of the crime prevention items.
Crime Prevention Officer Joanne Smith then took them through the twelve online safety tips for Christmas, before PC Trevor Kirke who gave a presentation on road safety.
The Co-ordinators participated in a very informative group discussion, according to the PCSP, providing views on how their Neighbourhood Watch Scheme has benefitted their areas, what steps can be taken to improve the schemes and the sharing of new initiatives that have been introduced in their area.
A number of co-ordinators explained how just having the Neighbourhood Watch signs visible in their area is a deterrent to would be criminals.
While other comments included: “There is a noticeable reduction in Anti-Social Behaviour”,
And co-ordinators spoke of how people generally “watch out” for each other.
Sergeants Kerrie Greer and Maggie Daniel PSNI were also on hand to answer any questions.
Contact the PCSP office on 028 8772 8607/ 028 8772 8605 for advice or assistance on the schemes, or to avail of crime prevention items.