Monday, 21st April, 2014
Any home is a potential target for burglars; some are more appealing than others and some offer themselves up with a bow that begs to be opened.
Neighbourhood Watch leaders have received a crash course in drugs at a training session funded by criminal asset seizures.
Co-ordinators from across Londonderry attended a drug awareness training session delivered by Synergize NI which was funded by the Criminal Assets Recovery Fund (CARF).
The training, organised by the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), gave neighbourhood watch representatives an insight to what recreational drugs look like, how they affect people and how the criminal justice system deals with them.
Councillor Thomas Conway, chair of the PCSP told the Londonderry Sentinel: "Drugs are an issue that is continually identified in our community consultations and we have ensured that drugs targets have been included in the Foyle Local Policing Plan.
"We will continue to monitor the impact of drugs on our communities and support the police in dealing with this issue."
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Following their recent residents’ survey, local Conservatives in Coldharbour, Mottingham & New Eltham ward have been working to establish a network of local Neighbourhood Watch groups in the area. There has been a significant increase in burglaries – particularly in the New Eltham part of the ward, over the last few months – and this has caused understandable concern.
NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch stickers were once a proud yellow badge displayed in the windows of homes across the Vale warning law breakers they were up against a network of neighbours ready to fight back against crime.
Please be aware of a growing scam where fraudsters are posing as bank staff or Police to dupe people into withdrawing and handing over cash, handing over their card and PIN, or transferring funds to the fraudsters account. Fraudsters often target older and more vulnerable members of the community and many victims have lost their life savings.
The security of a person’s home is always important. However, many home owners define their security by how expensive their alarm system is, or by what brand of exterior locks they use. But by thinking about security in terms of individual features, you home might not be as secure as it could be.