Work of police and Neighbourhood Watch is to feature on TV
THE PARTNERSHIP between police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers in Harborough will be highlighted in a new BBC TV series presented by Gloria Hunniford.
The first episode of ‘Doorstep Crime 999’ on BBC One on Monday at 11am will feature the story of how officers and volunteers came together to catch a doorstep conman.
The man was tricking pensioners into believing he was a window cleaner collecting money for work he had done but was caught and convicted thanks to information provided by Neighbourhood Watch members.
A TV crew spent two days with the volunteers, victims of crime and police officers filming for the programme, which is set to feature interviews with Insp Paul McKinder and Marion Lewis of the Neighbourhood Watch.
Insp McKinder said: “This case highlights the excellent collaboration between Neighbourhood Watch and the police in Market Harborough.
“This man targeted the elderly in Harborough asking for money for work he hadn’t done and the scam only came to light when the genuine window cleaner turned up a few days later.
“Thanks to information about the offender from members of Neighbourhood Watch, officers were able to act swiftly and arrest him before he could continue to con other people. He was subsequently convicted.
“Police volunteers and members of the Neighbourhood Watch Association have the ability to do that extra ‘something’ which can mean so much to victims of crime and be of real benefit to officers and the communities they serve.
“ I am really pleased that their excellent work is being highlighted on national television which I hope will act as an inspiration to others.”
Mrs Lewis said: “The volunteers with the ‘Harborough Be Safe’ scheme ensure that all elderly or vulnerable person within the district are supported by receiving free enhanced security against becoming a victim of doorstep crime within the district.
“To date we have supported residents in over 2000 homes. Anyone with any concerns about this or any other crime can come along to our regular Neighbourhood Watch stall at the indoor market on the first Tuesday of every month in Market Harborough where we will offer them free crime prevention support and advice.”
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