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Dorset's Crime Commissioner "Join Your Local Neighbourhood Watch"

Martyn Underhill

9:40am 11th June 2014

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner wants to see more of us setting up neighbourhood watch schemes.

17,000 neighbour contacts are now registered with the Police across Dorset, but Martyn Underhill wants even great public participation.

He says neighbour watch volunteers are perfectly placed to spot crime.

"They are looking out for each other. They are looking for anything suspicious and they are a point of contact for the Police who will then tell people if there is anything going on in the area they need to know about.  It's about the community policing itself and it's about the community and the police working together."

Mr Underhill is a strong advocate of Neighbour Watch as he helped to start one of the first schemes back in the 1970's in London.

"It's a great, great system and I would advocate everybody join your local home watch.  And don't forget most home insurance companies give you a 10% discount if you belong to a scheme. Why? Because you are less likely to be a victim of crime."

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