Join in to help us beat the criminals

MALVERN’S new Neighbourhood Watch leader is appealing for hundreds of good Samaritans to come forward and help the fight against crime.

The call by Martin Lawrence comes after the number of registered local co-ordinators in the town fell from 101 to 55.

He said the fall was discovered as police prepared to move to a new e-mail-based system to distribute information about crimes.

“Some of the people who were down as local co-ordinators have moved away, some decided they were too old and some had died,” he said.

But Mr Lawrence, who became group co-ordinator for Malvern last month wants to go much further than simply replacing the old local co-ordinators.

He wants to attract more than 400 co-ordinators, with the ultimate aim of putting one in each of Malvern’s streets.

He said: “It’s ambitious, but I was a salesman for 40 years and I know you have to aim high. It may take years to get that number. This is an opportunity for good Samaritans to really become involved.”

Volunteers will need to have internet access, so they can receive alerts from the police about local crimes and pass them around their neighbourhood. He said internet training will be available.

“Malvern is not a high-crime area. Most of the messages are about things like damage to cars, thefts from sheds or gardens and anti-social behaviour,” he said. “We also get messages when there are people going door-to-door trying to sell something.”

He said that volunteers can also do tasks like distributing stickers that tell cold-callers they are unwelcome, and giving advice on crime prevention measures, such as SmartWater.

He has contacted district and county councillors and local church groups to help spread the word.

Mr Lawrence also wants to launch a junior Neighbour-hood Watch and to get the ambulance service and groups such as Red Cross and St John Ambulance to help training first aiders around the community.

Police Inspector Jane Francis said: “We need as many pairs of eyes and ears as possible out there telling us what’s going on so that we can catch criminals in the act.”

Anyone interested can contact Mr Lawrence on friends@theoctagon.org.uk.

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10:11pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Mikey T says...

Well you're not selling it to me mate.

Go and live in China or Iran if this type of thing is what you support.

The police already have plenty of eyes and ears and get paid good money to use them.
Well you're not selling it to me mate. Go and live in China or Iran if this type of thing is what you support. The police already have plenty of eyes and ears and get paid good money to use them. Mikey T
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1:18am Sat 29 Dec 12

Illogik says...

Bit of an over reaction, it's neighbourhood watch not the secret police.
Bit of an over reaction, it's neighbourhood watch not the secret police. Illogik
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2:48am Sat 29 Dec 12

Mikey T says...

Isn't that what Jane Francis is calling for?
Isn't that what Jane Francis is calling for? Mikey T
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9:16am Sat 29 Dec 12

TDH123 says...

Last summer I attempted to report unlawful drug taking and supply of those drugs to the West Mercia police. I contacted the police by the 999 number as the drug taking was taking place there and then. I was told not to use the 999 number to report "these types of crime" but instead to use the 0845, or whatever it is, number. I used the 0845 number on several further occasions whilst offences were being committed. The police did NOTHING!! What is the purpose of reporting offences if the police do nothing at all about it? Personally, I would have far more police on our streets than at present to prevent our society descending even further down the pan.
Last summer I attempted to report unlawful drug taking and supply of those drugs to the West Mercia police. I contacted the police by the 999 number as the drug taking was taking place there and then. I was told not to use the 999 number to report "these types of crime" but instead to use the 0845, or whatever it is, number. I used the 0845 number on several further occasions whilst offences were being committed. The police did NOTHING!! What is the purpose of reporting offences if the police do nothing at all about it? Personally, I would have far more police on our streets than at present to prevent our society descending even further down the pan. TDH123
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