Essex: from dogs and allotments to caravans, planes and boats – there’s a Watch scheme for you
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Alongside Neighbourhood Watch, did you know we run our own Watch schemes, under the umbrella of Essex Watch?
Each scheme is individually tailored and operates slightly differently. Some are countywide, such as Dog Watch, Caravan Watch, Heritage Watch and Marine Watch, while Farm & Rural Watch operates on a district basis. Allotment Watch and Business Watch are even more localised.
Plane Watch is run locally by our policing team at Stansted Airport and is for aviation enthusiasts who help us to protect the airport from criminals and threats against aviation.
Watch schemes run by other organisations include Neighbourhood Watch, Pubwatch and Community Speed Watch.
Essex Watch liaison officer (EWLO) Paul Harris explains: “The basic aims of all Essex Watch schemes are to encourage members to be vigilant, work together where appropriate, report suspicious activity and improve members’ crime prevention & security knowledge.
Paul and his EWLO colleagues Kevin Blake and Terry Fowles promote our various Watch schemes and recruit members at various events around the county. They liaise with the members, Essex Police and other partner agencies to encourage them all to work together with the ultimate aim of keeping people’s property and animals safe.
Paul says: “We support our Watch schemes with regular, weekly tailored crime updates and provide appropriate crime prevention and other useful advice, such as dog safety, where necessary. Sometimes we’ll organise or attend scheme meetings.
“Dog Watch is our largest Essex Watch scheme with more than 2,000 members and it’s still expanding. We have been contacted by other forces with a view to copying what we have been doing for some years.”
Find out more about all our Watch schemes and join up!
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