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40 years of Neighbourhood Watch marked by Commissioner

DARRYL Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner, is today celebrating 40 years of Neighbourhood Watch by encouraging volunteers to join their local scheme.

This year’s national Neighbourhood Watch Week (30th May – 5th June 2022) marks the organisation’s 40th anniversary – the largest crime prevention voluntary movement in England and Wales with upwards of 2.3 million members across the country.

“Volunteering as a Neighbourhood Watch member is a great way to get involved in helping to prevent crime in your community,” said Darryl. “If you are passionate about keeping your area safe, helping those in need and generally being a good neighbour, I would recommend finding out the details of your local scheme and joining the Watch.”

Girton-resident and Watch Member, Geoff Varley took the opportunity to join the Watch twenty years ago when he found out that his street did not have an active scheme in place. As a co-ordinator for his village, he sends out regular crime warnings and crime prevention tips to his neighbours to help keep them safe.

“For the past ten years I have also been a member of Cambridgeshire’s Neighbourhood Watch Executive Group for the Linton and Sawston area,” added Geoff. “This has enabled me to set up a dozen Neighbourhood Watch groups in local villages, an achievement I am incredibly proud of.”

If you would like to join your local Neighbourhood Watch Group visit: