Spring Watch launch rural crime campaign

Communities / Tue 8th Apr 2014 at 11:17am

SPRING Watch is an initiative by Essex Neighbourhood & Home Watch, a voluntary network of schemes where neighbours, police and local partners come together to build safe and friendly communities.

This year Spring Watch marks the launch of a new combined Forest Watch / Park Watch. It aims to get Forest Keepers, Rangers and Park Keepers in touch with each other and to keep them informed of all issues and crime related matters which can affect them. With a large rural community, it is important to ensure we keep a close eye on rural issues that affect us.

The campaign was opened at Epping Market by Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, and Essex Watch Liaison Officer Colin Freeman.

Chairman Mary Sartin said: “I believe crime cannot flourish in a community that cares and my thanks go out to all the district’s Home Watch groups who help make our community a safe place to live.”

“The new Forest Watch / Park Watch initiative will not only increase security in our many rural areas, but also reduce the incentive to commit crime. It will help make the Epping Forest district a great and safe place to live, work and visit.”

Find and join a scheme in your area

Visit the Neighbourhood Watch website at http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/ or email Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liaison Officer [email protected].

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