New move to protect firms against crime

PUBLISHED: 14:17 18 October 2007 | UPDATED: 15:17 12 May 2010

Volunteer crime prevention ­officer Geoff Curtis outside Tesco, with some of the equipment on sale, and Sgt Pete Frost, PCSO?Penny Tomsett, and volunteer Jan Curtis – Pic: 2633DW15

Volunteer crime prevention ­officer Geoff Curtis outside Tesco, with some of the equipment on sale, and Sgt Pete Frost, PCSO?Penny Tomsett, and volunteer Jan Curtis – Pic: 2633DW15

A SUCCESSFUL Neighbourhood Watch-style initiative is looking for new members. Factorywatch was set up more than a year ago, and consists of businesses on the Royston industrial estate making an effort to deter crime in the area. Police Community Support O

A SUCCESSFUL Neighbourhood Watch-style initiative is looking for new members.

Factorywatch was set up more than a year ago, and consists of businesses on the Royston industrial estate making an effort to deter crime in the area.

Police Community Support Officer Penny Tomsett said: "This is a wonderful initiative and the monthly meetings are very well attended, but we are seeking new members and are keen to get some new faces at the meetings for more input."

The initiative has helped businesses and the police to prevent crime.

Sgt Pete Frost, of the Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "I would strongly recommend businesses to join this initiative, and welcome new members.

"The police can assist with reviews of security of businesses and support with all matters that affect the businesses on the estate.

"There have been some excellent results where the partnership working has identified suspicious activity that has helped to prevent crime."

The call for new members coincides with Neighbourhood Watch Week and Not in My Neighbourhood Week, which aim to get more people involved in the scheme.

The Royston team has organised a week of events to promote crime prevention and give advice.

The crime prevention panel and mobile surgery have paid a visit to Tesco and The Heath.

They will be at the Royston fair this evening (Thursday) and in various locations tomorrow, with a roadshow at the rural and town car parks.

On Saturday evening the team can be found with advice in Royston town centre.

Sgt Frost said: "Throughout the week we are selling panic alarms and security devices for the home as well as giving out advice on personal safety.

"We are able to carry out surveys in the home for people worried about their safety.

"We are also giving out advice in the build-up to trick or treat night.

"If people want to go trick or treating they must abide by the law or they will be dealt with."

Events across the county mean people can find out more about Neighbourhood Watch.

Hertfordshire Assistant Chief Constable Steve Devine said: "This special week focuses our attention on making sure everyone in the county realises the benefits of having a neighbourhood watch scheme where they live.

"It can really bring communities together, as well as help to keep down crime and anti-social behaviour."

Hertfordshire police have been nominated for their 'outstanding contribution to engaging communities' in the 2007 National Justice Awards.

- Anyone who interested in joining Factorywatch should contact the Royston Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 01992 757935.

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