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COMMUNITY SAFETY: Stanmore Street Watch group set up to help beat crime

 Published on: 13th February 2020   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

A group of 15 volunteers have signed up to help ensure the safety of their community after a new Street Watch group was launched in Stanmore in February.

The new group was launched with volunteers from Belmont and Canons Ward assisted by Sergeant Rob Bolton from the Metropolitan Police and Dave Corby from Harrow Council.

Volunteers are asked to give up a small amount of their time a month to patrol their communities.

They are offered training packages before they start, wear high-visibility vests, carry identification and are fully insured.

There are over 150 Street Watch volunteers across four London boroughs.

Belmont and Canons Ward has been successful in being selected to be part of the London pilot and there are plans to roll out the scheme in other London boroughs.

If Harrow Street Watch proves successful it will be rolled out across other boroughs.

Mike Strubel is co-ordinator of the new group which will work closely with police officers, enabling local residents to promote good citizenship, provide visible reassurance and engage in local issues that matter most to their community.

He said: “We set up a Community Patrol Group after we got fed up of petty crime, this proved very successful and crime in the area went down. I’ve been trying to pull this together for over year. The scheme is not about being have-a-go heroes.

“We’ll be extra eyes and ears on the ground ensuring the community is supported, enabling the appropriate response to local issues that we see so if we see things we don’t like, there can be the right response. We have had interest from 20 to 25 people so to get 15 people say they want to help promote the project is a great response.” 

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