Kingswood residents urged to join crime-cutting scheme

open window Police and South Gloucestershire Council are offering people living in Kingswood the chance to sign up for free to a scheme which has been shown to help householders become six times less likely to be burgled.

South Gloucestershire Police Neighbourhoods Manager Bob Evely said: “Joining Neighbourhood Watch is shown to help people feel safer and does help lower your risk of being burgled. Having a Watch scheme running can also help bring a real sense of a community with everyone looking out for each other.

“Crime is falling across South Gloucestershire, and we’ve seen dwelling burglary come down by a third in Kingswood. However, there are fewer watch schemes in Kingswood than other areas. We hope that by waiving the initial £37.50 per watch set-up fee, people will be more willing to come forward to start new schemes.”

Neighbourhood officers and Volunteer Police Cadets will leaflet areas recently affected by burglary.

The mobile police station will be in the London Street and Park Road area of Kingswood next Wednesday (9th April) from 5pm to 9pm giving people advice and help on how Neighbourhood Watch works and how it can be set up. It will visit other areas over the next few weeks.

The offer, funded by South Gloucestershire Council, is part of work being carried out by a local group called Connecting Kingswood which aims to reduce crime, improve health and increase education and employment opportunities in the town.

The group involves the police, South Gloucestershire Council and other agencies working together with local people.

Neighbourhood Watch is run by local people with support from neighbourhood police who pass on appeals for information about recent crimes and home security advice.    You can register your interest in joining or setting up Neighbourhood Watch by contacting Bridget Whittle on 01454 864404.