Norfolk is one of the safest places to live in the country, with a very low crime rate. Norfolk Constabulary is committed to continuing to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime throughout the county. However, the police cannot fight crime and address quality-of-life issues on their own; they need the help of the whole community.
Home Watch provides a way for local people to play an important part in making their communities safer and reducing crime.
For more information regarding what’s happening in your area go to www.norfolk.police.uk where information and advise can be found on a range of policing subjects.
Stokesby is part of the Rural Flegg Safer Neighbourhood Team which meets with representatives from all the villages in the Flegg area each quarter to discuss any specific crime incidents or trends that are worrying local residents. These issues are then prioritised for the local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Police to work on during the next Quarter.
In the past, we have asked the Police to prioritise on such matters as the thefts of diesel and oil from tanks, distraction burglaries, bogus callers, illegal parking and speeding.
Each Quarter the Police produce reports and statistics to show members what they have been doing to address these issues.
Wendy Reader who has been Stokesby’s HomeWatch Co-ordinator for several years has decided to stand down from the post. Wendy has been the villages link between the police and the village, attending regular meetings with local HomeWatch Co-ordinators from nearby villages and the Rural Flegg Safer Neighbourhood Team where local crime trends are discussed.
HomeWatch has been part of the village for many years, and as a HomeWatch Area many insurance companies give a small discount for being a member of the scheme. If we don’t have a coordinator we may well lose our status as a HomeWatch Area and any discount off our insurance.
We need someone to take over from Wendy to continue the liaison with the local police so we can be informed of any crime patterns developing which may affect the village. If you would like to find out more about being a HomeWatch Co-ordinator then please contact Wendy at [email protected]
Wendy thank you for your time as our Co-ordinator enjoy your rest.
For further information contact the Rural Flegg Villages Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 4564567.