The nature of crime is changing and Neighbourhood Watch in Cumbria, CNWA, has changed as it looks to combat new threats and be relevant to everyone in Cumbria.
Cumbria is one of the safest places to live in the UK, but crime does happen here. Much of it is preventable by people locking their homes, sheds and garages and being aware of what is going on in their own area and reporting suspicious activity either to the Police or anonymously to Crimestoppers.
Working in partnership with charities such as Victim Support and Crimestoppers is central to CNWA’ s new strategy, as well as embracing and promoting new technology.
To mark Neighbourhood Watch Week, beginning 17th June, CNWA will provide video doorbells to Victim Support for use in support of victims of Domestic Abuse throughout the county whilst also offering members of Neighbourhood Watch discounted products.
Joe Murray, Chair of CNWA, said: “People want to feel safe and secure in their own homes, but unfortunately many victims of Domestic Abuse do not. I am delighted that we are working with Victim Support in this pilot project to offer an element of reassurance to victims of crime in Cumbria.
“By seeing who is calling at their doors they will have both reassurance and security when they are at home or away. The video footage can also be used in evidence in support of complaints.
“We are also offering these Video Doorbells at a discount to our members to make homes more secure and help reduce crime throughout Cumbria.
“Being a member of Neighbourhood Watch doesn’t cost anything and takes a couple of minutes to register. I would encourage people to go to our website and sign up. Neighbourhood Watch is about people coming together to look out for one another and make their communities safer and more pleasant places to live and work so come and join us today, just go to cumbrianeighbourhoodwatch.co.uk/“