A new neighbourhood watch scheme is to be set up in the Mansefield Grove area of Derry.
The new scheme, which covers 30 homes, is approved by the Department of Justice and the PSNI.
Co-ordinator of the neighbourhood watch scheme, Brian Ward, said it promotes an increased sense of community spirit.
“This area on the outskirts of the city has a well established community spirit with many residents in the area having lived there since the houses were built. This community spirit has prompted the residents to establish a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme primarily to ‘keep an eye out for each other’. Apart from the obvious home security aspects of the scheme I feel that this initiative will also bring us closer together and make a real contribution to the safety and well-being of the area,” he said.
Councillor Paul Fleming, chairperson of the Derry Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said neighbourhood watch schemes have an important role to play in preventing crime.
“From a community safety perspective I am delighted to see an increase in the number of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes being established in the city and district. The PCSP has been instrumental in promoting these schemes and we now have over 25 accredited schemes in the Council area covering in excess of 800 homes. I have no doubt that the establishment of these schemes coupled with the general multi-agency approach to tackling crime has contributed to the welcome reduction in the number of domestic burglaries this year. I would ask residents to continue to take extra home safety precautions and look out for their neighbours and would advise anyone considering setting up a scheme to contact the Derry PCSP on 7137 6565,” he said.