CARNOUSTIE welcomed a new chapter of the Neighbourhood Watch into the town this week.
On Tuesday the new scheme was launched covering a large section of the local community, incorporating houses in Thompson Avenue, Maclagan Road and West Smieton Street.
Neighbourhood Watch is regarded as one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives in the country.
It encourages closer community links by encouraging householders who take part in the scheme to look out for one another’s property and belongings and to report any suspicious incidents where they live.
Neighbourhood Watch zones in Angus have the added benefit of being ‘No Cold Calling Areas’, an initiative to deter doorstep crime.
Along with street signs, houses are also provided with stickers for their doors which state either “Do not call without an appointment” or “We do not buy from doorstep sellers”.
Claire Taylor, Crime Prevention Officer for Angus said: ”It is fantastic to see the launch of a new Neighbourhood Scheme in Carnoustie.
“We are hopeful the launch of the new scheme will encourage other streets within the town to join and be part of Neighbourhood Watch.
“We have seen good results from the small number of Neighbourhood Watch/No Cold Calling Areas in Carnoustie, along with Angus as a whole, with increased reporting in these areas and fewer persons calling in these communities with the intent of selling door to door.’’
Anyone seeking further information on setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in the Angus area can contact Claire Taylor, the area Crime Prevention Officer, on 01307 477477.
r A new Neighbourhood Watch scheme was launched in Carnoustie on Tuesday afternoon. Constable Mark Callison and youngster Ruben North promoting the new sign that will be displayed in the area while supporters look on.