Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Neighbourhood watch scheme grows as crime falls

A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch group in Henley has expanded.

A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch group in Henley has expanded.

Fourteen new members have signed up to the Abrahams estate scheme, taking the total number to 21.

This followed a membership drive by the town’s police community support officers.

A meeting was held at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road on Friday for current and prospective members to get to know each other and discuss issues. Insp Mark Harling, head of Henley police, and area co-ordinators Peter Reader and Bruce Brown attended.

David Silvester, a town councillor, worked with the police to set up the scheme last year to offer more protection to families on the estate.

He said: “Recently there has been very little crime on the Abrahams estate with only nine instances in the last six months. But there is a need for constant vigilance as criminals get more sophisticated and come from other areas to try their luck in Henley.”

Mr Reader explained the history of Neighbourhood Watch and its purpose of keeping a vigil and supporting neighbours so that all members of the community have the maximum possible protection from crime.

Insp Harling, who grew up in Luker Avenue, cited his early policing experience in Reading, where a neighbourhood watch unit achieved spectacular success. Members of the Abrahams estate scheme receive regular bulletins on policing matters and requests for help such as with the identification of suspects.

It is hoped that regular get-togethers for members can be arranged and to encourage volunteers to become deputy co-ordinators to take some of the pressure off Councillor Silvester.

Anyone interested in joining the Abrahams estate scheme should call Cllr Silvester on 07704 087013.

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