Police search for Ribble Valley crime fighters for neighbourhood watch

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POLICE are looking for volunteers to act as Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators in three Ribble Valley villages.

Neighbourhood Watch is believed to be one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. Behind it lies a simple idea and a central value shared by millions of people around the country that getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime.

Police Community Support Officer Matt Thornton is looking for new co-ordinators in the Read, Simonstone and Sabden areas.

He said: "We already have a number of neighbourhood watch co-ordinators in the Read, Simonstone and Sabden areas who do a great job for their community and play a real part in reducing crime. However, we are looking for more volunteers.

"The scheme is not just about reducing burglary figures – it's about creating communities that care. It brings local people together and can make a real contribution to improving lives. The activity of watch members can foster a new community spirit and a belief in the community's ability to tackle problems. At the same time you feel secure knowing your neighbours are keeping an eye on your property."

If anyone in Read, Simonstone or Sabden wishes to know more about the scheme, they are asked to contact PCSO Thornton on 01200 458766 (voicemail) and leave a message or e-mail matthew.thornton@lancashire.pnn.police.uk