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Join your local watch and fight crime


T


he leading light in Three Rivers District‘s Neighbourhood Watch has urged people to


join the fight against crime. Grandmother-of-two Sue Thompson told My


Abbots News that the area needs more residents to take an interest in what‘s happening around them. The retired schoolteacher is the district co-


ordinator and got involved in the Neighbourhood Watch movement following a traumatic experience. She said: ―I was looking after a friend‘s house


about ten years ago and it was burgled. Ever since then I‘ve been passionate about crime prevention and building up community spirit.‖ Sue is also the chairman of Crimestoppers in


Hertfordshire, the charity which fights crime and offers rewards for information leading to convictions of criminals. She added: ―The level of Neighbourhood Watch


coverage varies in the area. The watches are a great way of doing something positive for your community, plus you can get discounts on crime


Sue Thompson from Neighbourhood Watch.


prevention equipment and some insurers offer discount for areas covered by schemes.‖ Sue outlined her goals for 2012. ―Firstly I want


to get as many people using the online watch system the police has called OWL. It‘s a fantastic way of getting up to date with what‘s happening in your neighbourhood via emails. ―I also want to encourage more people to get


involved in neighbourhood watch and within their community. It‘s a lot more than just curtain twitching and being nosey it‘s about making a difference and improving where you live.‖ For more information about Neighbourhood


Watch and the OWL system visit www.owl.co.uk. by Jerry Lyons


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