Neighbourhood Watch scheme meeting aims to increase numbers

TAYSIDE Police in Montrose are inviting residents from the town and local communities to attend a Neighbourhood Watch meeting at the YM Community Cafe.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes are community-led and among the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives within the UK.

The idea behind such schemes is to encourage neighbours to join together to reduce the opportunities for criminal activity to occur where they live.

This is achieved by encouraging closer links in communities with people looking out for each other and one another’s property. It encourages participation in crime reduction projects within the community. Communities also work alongside the police, local authorities and other agencies to enhance the safety of themselves and those around them.

The zones identified as Neighbourhood Watch are also ‘No Cold Calling areas’. This innovative approach was introduced in June 2007 as part of the Doorstoppers initiative to deter doorstep crime within Angus - the first area in Scotland to introduce the concept.

Constable Derek Mitchell, liaison officer, said: “There are a number of Neighbourhood Watch/No Cold Calling areas within Montrose and we are looking to increase those numbers over the coming months.

“We have had some very good results, with No Cold Calling in particular, with early evaluation indicating a fall in people coming into these areas to sell door to door.

“I would urge people to come along and find out more about the Neighbourhood Watch initiatives and how to set them up where they live.”

The meeting will be held at the YM at 98 Murray Street, Montrose, at 7.15pm on Tuesday (February 22).