Being good neighbour can reduce crime risk

Being part of a close community can reduce the risk of summer burglaries say police.

They are supporting the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) for England and Wales which claims that simply looking out for neighbours, reporting anything suspicious and adopting a few simple changes, helps to reduce the chance of being burgled.

Jim Maddan, chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network said: “Studies show that Neighbourhood and Home Watch schemes have a positive impact, typically reducing crime in neighbourhoods by around 16 – 26%, which is why its vital society works together to continue to bring crime rates down.

“We want to ultimately drive down crime by bringing communities together.”

The Network has also been working with the Master Locksmith Association and other security firms to raise the awareness of the standards of locks and other security products.

Police say the risk of becoming a victim of burglary is low but can increase in summer months due to doors and windows left open make it easier for burglars to gain access.