Local crime fighting volunteers from across England and Wales have been recognised in the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Awards.
Minister for Criminal Information Lord Taylor of Holbeach congratulated the winners at a reception in the House of Commons yesterday (18 June) for a variety of outstanding work.
Winners include OSCAR Neighbourhood Watch in Derby which was recognised for vastly improving the relationships between residents and the police.
Sussex Neighbourhood Watch search team was also selected for the ‘innovation award’ for a team of 380 volunteers who carried out a 436-day search for missing vulnerable persons and property in the area, helping bolster the police enquiry.
Innovation in crime prevention
Speaking at the event Lord Taylor said:
Recorded crime is down by more than 10 per cent under this government and I am sure the hard work of the dedicated people from the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network has played an important part in this.
All nominations are excellent examples of innovation in crime prevention. Most importantly, these awards recognise how communities can work together to make our streets safer.
Neighbourhood Watch in the UK covers 6 million households. There are around 170,000 neighbourhood watch groups ranging from the smallest schemes covering a dozen or so homes in a single street to county-wide associations with many thousands of members.