Have you got a watch over your street? (19 Mar 2014)

This is the question being posed to local communities in a brand new web-chat on 24th March.

West Yorkshire Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson will join forces in an online discussion all about Neighbourhood Watch.

Between 7pm and 8pm, they will be speaking to members of the public via the following link: http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/

Force Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce said everyone is welcome to take part:

"It does not matter if you are already part of Neighbourhood Watch, this web-chat will allow people to ask questions about how to create one or how to enhance an existing scheme.

"There are many benefits to being involved and this online discussion is also an opportunity to learn how they operate and what is involved.

"By working together with your neighbours and sharing crime prevention advice, you can make a genuine difference.

"There are dozens of schemes already in place across the county that have been extremely successful and I will be able to give you details of how they have worked and what they have achieved."

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"I am absolutely committed to ensuring residents in our communities are safe and feel safe, and Neighbourhood Watch contributes significantly towards this.

"I am looking forward to hearing from local people about how their schemes are running and learning of anything I can do to enhance their effectiveness.

"I would encourage people to get involved and find out how a Watch could affect crime levels in their area and the evidence behind it.

"Neighbourhood Watch is continuing to evolve and expand in West Yorkshire and there is plenty of evidence of its positive impact and the involvement of Neighbourhood Watch volunteers is appreciated and crucial to its success. Members of the public really are the eyes and ears on a daily basis working with West Yorkshire Police and other organisations.

"I am also aware of the 'Online Watch Link' or OWL pilot scheme in Bradford which allows its members to communicate directly with police or partners.

"Technology and innovation is an area I am keen to exploit and I would be interested to hear from anyone who has also been involved in this."

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