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Neighbourhood Watches urge people to be vigilant in Dorset

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: June 28, 2013

Participants in the Neighbourhood Watch crime prevention event in The Square

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BISTO, a European eagle owl from the Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre in Ringwood took part in the East Dorset Watch Scheme's event in Wimborne Square as part of National Neighbourhood Watch Week. Watch members with their informative display stands and Sheducation trailer were joined by the Police, Trading Standards and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to promote security and crime prevention.

Martha Perry, community safety officer of the district council said: "East Dorset District Council working in partnership with the Watches, designed banners, posters and leaflets featuring an eagle owl with the slogan Be Wise, Keep Watching.

"This was the message over a whole week of activities aimed at spreading awareness of security measures and promoting the benefits of belonging to a Watch scheme,"

Other events held included cycle safety days at Moors Valley Country Park, tool and property marking at Travis Perkins on the Ferndown Industrial Estate and Sheducation events at Haskins and Stewarts Garden Centres. All the events were run by members of local Neighbourhood and Home Watch groups.

John Shave chairman of the Association of Dorset Watches said: "I'd like to thank all the volunteer helpers who, together with the support from the local Police, District Council and other agencies have worked so hard to make this such a successful week. Our events have attracted hundreds of visitors to avail themselves of crime prevention advice and associated tools and products."

To join your local Neighbourhood or Home Watch Group or for information about any other watch schemes go to the Dorset Police website www.dorset.police.uk or to the Association of Dorset Watches website www.nhwdorset.org.uk or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Police team for details.

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