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West Yorkshire is proud of its Neighbourhood Watch

Looking after our communities

Looking after our communities



By Caroline Grandjean

Neighbourhood Watch in West Yorkshire is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and its achievements.

Neighbourhood Watch is a simple but effective initiative where people come together to promote safety and reduce crime in their neighbourhoods.

4,000 local schemes have been boasted across the county to support the effective partnership.

The success of this unit has been praised during an annual award ceremony last Saturday near Wakefield.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, awarded the winners and highlighted that positive things can happen when people come together to make a difference in their communities

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “We are seeing a significant reduction in the numbers of house burglaries and other burglaries in West Yorkshire. Neighbourhood Watch is obviously playing a big part in helping to achieve these reductions and improve the quality of life for local people.”

Technology is key in the fight against anti-social behaviour. An Online Watch Link, or ‘OWL’ is now helping local Neighbourhood Watch groups prevent crime and help find people wanted by the police.

More details about the scheme and how to set up a new group can be found

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