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Church Watch was designed to try and devise a 'Neighbourhood Watch' type initiative across Preston for Churchs which may not have immediate neighbours who will share information that may benefit others in similar settings or in similar work practices.

 A Message of Explanation of Churchwatch

 On behalf of the Lancashire Constabulary, Broughton Police Station would like to invite you to join a new scheme called “Church Watch”

The scheme will involve an e-mail system whereby you send us your church e-mail address and we will add you to the scheme. This would allow the police to contact each of you with crime bulletins for your area, information on keeping your church safe and meetings that maybe of interest to you in the near future.

For example: if the police know of any travelling criminals who are targeting churches in the area, for lead or any burglaries of churches we will pass information to you via e-mail of possible vehicle details or descriptions of people who may have taken part in the crime.

We are hoping that this new system will incorporate all rural churches of Preston, including Grimsargh, Broughton, Catforth, Woodplumpton, Haighton, Inglewhite, Whitechapel, Goosnagh and Barton.

At present, all I respectfully request is that you e-mail one of the team your details, Name, Address, including postcode, home and mobile telephone numbers and any contact details of respective key holders for the church.

The scheme will benefit all those involved, as the information that you receive could significantly reduce crime in the rural areas of Preston

You will also receive a sign to display outside your church as well as other crime prevention equipment that will hopefully deter any passing criminals.

If you are already part of the areas e-mail scheme please still respond s that I can set you up on the new church watch.

What is Church Watch?

 The watch is a partnership between the Churchs and the local Neighbourhood Policing Team. It will encourage vigilance and communication, not only between individual Churchs, but also with the police

We will be able to release crime alerts quickly and to everyone who joins and provides relevant email contact details; the churches will have their SPOC's already identified in their NHP teams to pass information back to to build intelligence pictures of crimes committed around churches, building a network of communication intended to prevent / detect crime and build safer communities.

 The aims of Church Watch

 •  Reduce opportunities for crime to occur.

•  Strengthen community spirit so that everyone works together to protect their area.

•  Improve communication between Churchs and the police

•  Report any suspicious incidents.

If you wish to contact us to discuss the matter further please ring:

Broughton Police Station: 01772 863 390

Email

P.C. Chris Banks Broughton CBM

PCSO David Reid Broughton PCSO

PCSO Sarah Catterall Broughton PCSO




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