West Somerset residents were invited to share their views on local policing in the area at a public drop-in session hosted by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens at the Beach Hotel in Minehead on Thursday, August 9.
During the two hour session, residents spoke of the impact of burglaries in the area, shared their views on police visibility as well as highlighting the importance of voluntary community groups such as the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
One resident the PCC spoke to talked about his role as a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator in the town and how he acts as a key point of contact between the police, scheme members and other local coordinators to help his community be safe and feel safe.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Neighbourhood Watch plays a vital role in helping to keep our communities safe and reducing crime. Policing is too big a job for the police alone and is the reason why the volunteers who make up Neighbourhood Watch groups are valued as the bread and butter support networks of local policing. I have the upmost admiration for what these selfless individuals do for our communities and extend my sincerest thanks.”
On raising concerns regarding the response to recent burglaries in the area, members of the local neighbourhood policing team were on hand to update residents on work being done in the area to tackle burglary in the community.
Those who attended the session were also given crime prevention advice on how to prevent their homes from being burgled, such as investing in plug timers for lights and radios, to give the appearance of people being at home and never leaving valuables on display.
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Speaking after the session, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It is so important for me to get out into the community to speak with as many local residents as I can. Getting to understand the local communities the Constabulary serve is vital in ensuring we get policing right”.
“I have come away from Minehead not only with a better understanding of the local area and its policing needs, but a renewed sense of how important the Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are to local communities and how invaluable they are”.
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Following the public surgery, PCC Sue Mountstevens ended the day visiting Minehead police station and meeting with members of the area’s local policing team, followed by a visit to Williton police station.
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Posted on Friday 10th August 2018