What is the Knapton Neighbourhood Watch scheme?
The Neighbourhood Watch scheme has grown to be the largest crime prevention movement in England and Wales, with 2.3 million member households. That means that almost 1 in every 10 households is a member.
The vision is that of a caring society that is focused on trust and respect, in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life. It’s about making sure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.
Knapton’s Parish Councillors have totally bought into this concept, making funding available, and have embraced the scheme as part of their efforts to keep all parish residents safe and secure in our sleepy little village.
Our Knapton Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which is free to join, covers the whole of the parish of Knapton and is a community initiative that aims to bring neighbours together to create a strong, friendly, active community where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. However, although the scheme is supported by the police, it is not run by them, so our success depends on what our village residents make of it.
Essentially, our scheme aims to
- prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.
- assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.
- reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.
Our experienced co-ordinator, Georgina Neatherway, attends various Neighbourhood Watch and Police sponsored meetings in the area and is in contact with the North Norfolk Police crime prevention co-ordinator who regularly communicates updates on crime or suspicious activity to her.
Join us and be part of something good
There is no cost to join and help to keep our village a safe place to live. Over twenty village households – 10% of the village – have already joined our initiative, but Georgina is quick to point out that the more households that join the scheme, the more effective it will be.
She can provide a wealth of information, together with free window stickers and members will receive regular updates to stay informed of local issues and initiatives, as well as relevant updates from North Norfolk Police.
Whilst our village members look out for each other, there are no vigilantes patrolling the streets or heroes trying to apprehend offenders or doing anything else that could put themselves or any villager in danger. We are just looking to keep our village a safe place to live.
If you would like to be part of our Knapton Neighbour Watch Scheme then please contact our Parish Clerk, Dee Holroyd, who can put you in touch with Georgina.