Great Denham launches Street Watch scheme to tackle crime

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30 volunteers patrolled the streets of Great Denham last week to launch the village’s new Street Watch group.

Residents had raised concerns about vehicle crime in the area in the run up to Christmas, and wanted to do more to helping to increase safety in their community.

Street Watch groups work closely with the police, to promote good citizenship, provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities.

Volunteers are offered comprehensive training packages before they start, as well as high-visibility vests and identification. They are then asked to commit two hours a month to patrol their communities.

Great Denham Street Watch briefing
Great Denham Street Watch volunteers were briefed before their first patrol.

Juliet Wright, who is overseeing Street Watch for Bedfordshire Police, said: “I was really grateful to see so many other groups to come and support the launch of the new Great Denham group.

“Street Watch is a fantastic way for Bedfordshire Police to build really strong relationships with our communities, allowing prompt reporting of issues, but also means they can make a really valuable contribution to the area where they live.”

There are now 14 Street Watch groups across Bedfordshire.

The first patrol of the Great Denham group was made up of volunteers from Great Denham residents supported by volunteers from volunters from other Street Watch groups in Arlesey, Maulden, Ampthill, Leighton Buzzard and Caddington.

For more information about Street Watch, visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk or call Juliet Wright via 101.