A Neighbourhood Watch stalwart, who has been helping his local community in Kimpton for 40 years, has been recognised for his voluntary work.
Alan Smith has been the Neighbourhood Watch ward co-ordinator for Kimpton since 1982. On Wednesday 30 November he was presented with a special certificate from the National Neighbourhood Watch Association, by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Watch Liaison Officer, Verity Soued, to mark his amazing contribution.
She said: “Alan has done a fantastic job for a very long time. He has been looking out for the residents of Kimpton, keeping everyone informed and signing up new members for 40 years and we are so grateful to him.
“We are lucky that Alan has be replaced by two new watch co-ordinators, John Bowers and Angus Davidson. They have been busy sorting out new Neighbourhood Watch signs for the lampposts, updating OWL records and writing articles for the local magazine.”
She added: “NHW is all about preventing local crime from happening in the first place and arming residents with relevant crime prevention advice. We have modernised NHW by introducing an OWL (Online Watch Link) app so residents can still receive instant messages as well as ‘crime alerts’. All we ask is for people to read the messages and act on any crime prevention advice, let us know if they are aware of suspicious behaviour and keep an eye on neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.”
Verity, who was joined by PCSO Heather Burrows also spoke to local residents about how to protect their homes, following a couple of recent burglaries and signed up a few more residents to OWL, so that local officers can keep in touch with them and inform them directly about crime trends in their area, crime prevention advice and local police events.
To receive police messages about a range of topics including burglaries, scams and missing people in your local area, sign up to OWL (opens in a new window) or download the ‘OWL crime alerts’ app from your app store.