Crime-fighting goes on-line

A NEW website aimed at tackling crime in Suffolk has been launched.The website, which has been designed with residents in mind, aims to improve the relationships between those in the community and to enhance communications with the police.

A NEW website aimed at tackling crime in Suffolk has been launched.

The website, which has been designed with residents in mind, aims to improve the relationships between those in the community and to enhance communications with the police.

Crime reduction officer Inspector Ian Farthing, a key figure in setting up the site, said: "Suffolk Constabulary and the Police Authority are currently involved in a major drive to make the county the safest in the country, called Suffolk First. It aims to make sure that people are not only safe from crime but feel safe too."

He also adds that Suffolk First cannot be achieved by the police alone, therefore community relations and the co-operation of other agencies are vital to ensure the scheme is a success.


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The website is the product of a survey conducted last year.

The review highlighted ways of making Neighbourhood Watch more effective, communication being just one of those areas.

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Peter Johnson, who has been involved in Neighbourhood Watch for six years and is sector co-ordinator for the Bury Rural area welcomed the website.

"The website is something we have been looking forward to for some time. It is an important step forward in communications and will give greater and easier access to information for everyone, whether involved in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or not," he said.

As well as information about Neighbourhood Watch schemes in your area, the website provides useful information on issues such as crime reduction, home security and advice form the Fire Service and Trading Standards. It also contains local newsletters and links to other useful websites, including a direct link to the news pages of the Suffolk Police website.

To log on, go to: www.suffolk.police.uk/neighbourhoodwatch

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