Official Statement from the Neighbourhood Watch Network

“All members of Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch are appalled by the extreme criminal behaviour that has taken place throughout our towns and cities for the past four nights. There is no excuse for this criminality and I ask all members to urge their local police to take decisive action to identify and take action against the individuals concerned. However, I am also concerned that the growing trend of communities coming together to protect their property will degenerate into vigilantism whereby those involved will create a situation which places an additional drain on police resources. I would encourage all members to support the police where they can by reporting suspicious behaviour, passing information to police on criminal activity and helping wherever possible to identify thieves and burglars involved in looting and arson.”

NHWN believes in creating communities where people feel safe from criminal activity and anti-social behaviour and will provide individuals with all the tools they need to develop community cohesion. For further information see www.ourwatch.org.uk or contact Jim Maddan on james.maddan@ourwatch.org.uk

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