23/06/2015

GMP Launch National Neighbour And Home Watch Week

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have launched its annual National Neighbour and Home Watch Week, traditionally launched during the week of the longest day to promote crime prevention advice.

Home Watch schemes are voluntary, independent, community based networks of residents who are supported by police and other voluntary organisations.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: "These schemes in our local community are key in taking control of criminality in your area. It's about local residents and communities being active and coming together, caring and supporting each other to create strong communities where crime cannot flourish.

"It's important for communities to work with us by remaining active in the community and share information with the police to keep our neighbourhoods safe."

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd added: "Home Watch provides a vital link between local people and the police which massively contributes to the building of safer and stronger communities.

"The army of Greater Manchester Home Watch volunteers who give up their own time to support others make a real difference to our neighbourhoods.

"They rightly deserve our recognition and thanks. We all have a role to play in creating better places to live, and whether you're a member of Home Watch, part of a residents' group, or a community volunteer – the value of the work you do cannot be overstated."

(MH/CD)

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