Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is urging residents in the Grantham area to consider forming part of their local group to help reduce crime.
The national network says that by being part of the community and “being neighbourly”, its groups have been proven to reduce domestic burglaries and crime overall in some places. According to the Office for National Statistics, the most recent crime statistics have revealed that domestic burglary has halved over the last 10 years and the likelihood of becoming a repeat victim of burglary has reduced by 60 per cent.
NHW is asking neighbours to simply look out for one another, report anything suspicious and adopt a few simple changes to help reduce the chance of being burgled.
NHW chairman Jim Maddan said: “Studies show that Neighbourhood and Home Watch schemes have a positive impact, typically reducing crime in neighbourhoods by around 16–26 per cent, which is why it’s vital society works together to continue to bring crime rates down.
“As we celebrate 50 years of Neighbourhood Watch, we’ve made the bold decision to rejuvenate our brand, changing our iconic logo for a limited edition logo by enlisting the help of comparethemarket.com popular meerkats to widen our appeal and ultimately drive down crime by bringing communities together.”
The Network has also been working with the Master Locksmith Association, Secured by Design and their Primary Security Sponsor Avocet Hardware, manufacture of the ABS high security door locks, in raising the awareness of the standards of locks and other security products.