High praise received for watchful villagers in crime busting Kings Langley
19 June 2012
Residents in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire have received high praise for their work and commitment in signing nearly every street in the village to Neighbourhood Watch. After months of considerable work, Neighbourhood Watch coordinators are celebrating their success by unveiling their new village signs during National Neighbourhood Watch Week.
The national campaign runs from the 16th to the 24th June 2012, with volunteers across the country celebrating and promoting the success of the movement. This year marks 30 years since the first scheme was established in Mollington, England in 1982.
Mike Penning, Member of Parliament for the Hemel Hempstead constituency and Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport said:
‘I am very pleased to be asked to launch this excellent initiative as it is obvious that the residents of Kings Langley have put concerted effort to work together to make their village a nice and safe place to live.
‘Neighbourhood Watch is an excellent example of what can be achieved through good neighbourliness and working with other organisations such as the police and local council.’
The signs have been purchased through support and funding from the local Rotary Club, Kings Langley Parish Council, local councillors and Dacorum Neighbourhood Watch Association.
Sandra Jackson, Ward Co-ordinator for Kings Langley and Secretary of Dacorum Neighbourhood Watch Association, thanked all involved for their support and said:
‘It’s a real honour to be able to call Kings Langley a Neighbourhood Watch village. This will enable us to continue having below average crime rates by sharing information and remaining informed through working with the police and, by passing information back to the police if we see anything suspicious.
‘I urge all residents to sign up to Neighbourhood Watch, which is really quick and easy to do.’
Jim Maddan, Chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home watch Network for England and Wales praised the work of all involved and stated:
‘The movement couldn’t survive without its huge loyal base of volunteers who work endlessly in their own time and at their own expenses to undertake their varied roles.
‘By raising the profile of the movement and celebrating our achievements, it is hoped that the Network will trigger even more positive action within local neighbourhoods, enabling communities to take responsibility and make a real difference.’
The new village signs will officially be unveiled by Mike Penning at midday, Friday 22nd June 2012 at Red Lion Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.