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 Working together to reduce crime

We know many people would love to take part in Neighbourhood Watch because of the value it adds to the community, but find it difficult because their work and home lives are so busy.

Now there is a new way to keep in touch with your local Neighbourhood Watch and people who live in your area who are interested in helping to reduce crime.

Neighbourhood Alert, via the Broxtowe Borough Community website, keeps registered members up-to-date on crime trends in the area and allows people to report information about antisocial behaviour or suspicious activity to the site, which passes your knowledge on to the police and Neighbourhood Watch.

Neil Thacker, Nottinghamshire Police's Crime Reduction Manager for the Broxtowe Borough area, said: "Neighbourhood Watch is a great way for people to work together to make the quality of life in their community better. It gives people a louder voice to tackle problems - not just of crime and antisocial behaviour. Environmental matters such as littering, flytipping or dog fouling can be improved by working in partnership with the Borough Council."

"The work done by volunteers is invaluable. Neighbourhood Alert allows you to be part of a virtual Neighbourhood Watch group but remain hidden if you prefer to. It’s about people in Broxtowe looking out for each other through being better informed about what’s going on where they live and work and contributing without having to attend meetings, patrol in pairs or sit curtain-twitching. It has been proven to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in other areas where it operates already and we want as many people in Broxtowe as possible to get involved and help keep crime to a minimum."

Please click 'Join Here' to sign up to Neighbourhood Alert and see what it can do for you and Broxtowe Borough Community.