Police are looking for people to act as a community look-out on every street as part of a crackdown on burglary.Didn’t we use to have this? I’m pretty sure we did, and it was called ‘Neighbourhood Watch’…
Residents will be selected from streets across South-end, Rochford and Castle Point and given a hotline number to call if they spot any suspicious behaviour.
The initiative is possible thanks to a £34,000 Home Office grant to tackle the rise in house burglaries in the South East.Ah, my mistake. This must be a ‘new initiative’. Look, it’s attracted government grant money, and they don’t dish that out just for recycling old ideas.
Chief Insp Paul Eveleigh, of Castle Point police, said he hoped the community would galvanise itself against crime. He said: “If there is anybody, or vehicles, in a community people are not happy with, they will be able to phone this hotline and officers dedicated specifically to the operation will be able to come and check them out.”Hmmm, I sure hope the people who will use this idea are careful how they phrase their calls, or they might find themselves on the wrong end of a policeman with a thirst for easy detections….
Mr Eveleigh said: “We can blanket a hotspot where we’ve got problems and almost ask someone to provide sentry duty.” The money will also be spent on targeting vulnerable areas, giving crime prevention advice and marking property.And how is this any different to what should already be done?
‘Intelligence led policing’. Remember that?
Officers will also be using automatic number plate recognition cameras in an attempt to find burglars who escape by car.You mean, no-one thought of doing this before…?
This is just more rearranging of the deckchairs on the Titanic, isn’t it?