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The Demise of Barrow upon Soar Neighbourhood Watch

As many attentive residents will be aware, January saw the announcement that Barrow upon Soar Neighbourhood Watch had ceased activity, following an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) earlier that month.

There were a number of reasons for the committee deciding to tender their resignations which included: limited interaction with police representatives - due to constraints on police time and resources and crime report information which had, by necessity, limited detail and less specifi c locations as a result of increasing controls on data and victim protection.

The community had started to question the accuracy and completion of the village crime report. They believed, and in some cases knew, there were ‘missing’ crimes. They felt these should have been ‘visible’ to inform and benefi t others.

There has also been a general lack of interest in NHW probably because crime levels have remained relatively low in Barrow upon Soar. New faces rarely appeared at the monthly meetings unless they had actually been a recent victim of crime. Our committee, of fi ve core committee members, had remained unchanged for well over fi ve years with the same roles re-elected at every AGM.

The concept of Neighbourhood Watch is now seen by some as outdated at least insofar as we have run our scheme in Barrow upon Soar. We have mainly been concerned with circulating a monthly paper crime sheet to 2,800 addresses over the last 25 years. The crime report information referred to crimes committed the previous month; therefore after printing and distribution, the cases reported could be up to six weeks old.

There has been a growing trend towards engagement with social media (Facebook, etc.) to acquire more current, up to date crime information. The police will still be providing the monthly crime report. Should any Barrow resident still wish to receive this by email, please contact Reillys@wycliffe7.fsnet.co.uk. For current crime information, please refer to internet sources at leics.police.uk or www.police.uk. Also look out for police announcements of regular meetings in the village.

Alan Reilly