19th Sep, 2019

Police to keep eye on houses as part of holiday scheme

Malvern Editorial 16th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HOLIDAY-goers from Malvern can have one eye on their property while they are away thanks to a scheme launched by police.

Malvern’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) are out patrolling the streets every day and homes can be checked whether residents are away for a long weekend or an extended break, under the House Watch scheme.

People can give their SNT team the dates they are away and officers will ensure all junk mail is pushed completely through the letter box and move bins where necessary.

PC David Wise said: “We can’t patrol a particular address 24 hours a day or guarantee that a holiday makers wouldn’t be a victim of crime but House Watch is an extra level of protection.

“As ever, we would urge the public to look out for one another too, if you notice someone suspicious at a neighbours property when you know they are out, give the police a call immediately.”

A total of 37 houses, all in the Pickersleigh area, have already taken advantage of the scheme.

Police also encouraged residents’ going on holiday to use a timer switch to turn a lamp on or to get a neighbour to park on their drive.

PCSO Steve Freeman added: “This is not a hardship or additional work for us, we are out there every day and a quick glance to ensure everything is as it should be is all it takes.”

Anyone interested can contact officers on 101, email Pickersleigh.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk or tweet @MalvernCops.

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