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Neighbourhood Watch members are 68 times less likely to be burglary victims.

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary movement in the UK, with over 160,000 schemes, covering over six million households (27pc).

Members of Neighbourhood Watch groups can get up to a third off their home insurance.

For more information on joining Neighbourhood Watch call (020) 7963-0160 or go to www.neighbourhood

Over 10 million people benefit from the Neighbourhood Watch.

And its development into the largest voluntary movement is an amazing one, considering its humble beginnings in 1982, when residents of Mollington in Cheshire decided to group together to take action against a series of burglaries.

Working with the police, they arranged to watch over each other's properties.

Then the local crime level substantially fell and news travelled quickly.

Within weeks further schemes were being established.

The watch idea has since extended to a range of specialist schemes including, for example, those covering farms, businesses, schools, shops, horse and boats.

In Sunderland, residents in Seaburn Dene have even launched a Grave Watch in a bid to beat the vandals who have been desecrating headstones in Mere Knolls Cemetery.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2004
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