Message from the Chair: January 2016

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and secure 2016.

The New Year is always a time when we make resolutions for the year ahead. Some will already have been shredded and consigned to the recycling bin. My resolution was to help someone every day feel safer in their home or when they are out and about in their community. So far so good, but it gets harder day by day.

We can all take positive steps to make our community safer, whether in reality or just feeling safer.

We can report suspicious incidents to the police and other agencies. We can let the authorities know about suspicious individuals living in our streets or neighbourhoods.

Your help is vital and may be the last piece of the jigsaw. One of the reasons why France and Belgium are more susceptible to terrorist activity is their lack of strong, vibrant communities where individuals are prepared to share their suspicions with the authorities. This is where Neighbourhood Watch comes into its own. Let’s build on it and make Britain safer.