Lancashire Police set up canal watch
By: Janet Richardson
LANCASHIRE Police is extending its successful “Rural Watch” initiative which already includes Farm Watch, Wildlife Watch, Business Watch and Neighbourhood Watch.
Boaters are being encouraged to join Canal Watch and sign- up for the Multisend web-based messaging service which can send SMS, MMS or picture messages and emails.
The system enables the Police to give members information on suspicious activity in their area, vehicles to look out for, crime trends and Crime Prevention advice.
In fact, to exchange any information to make the canals, your property and the wildlife, a safer place to be.
It also allows much easier access to the Police to report suspicious activity.
They intend to contact as many Boat Owners as possible with Registration forms which will give the Police their boat’s name, mooring address, landline numbers, mobile phone numbers and email address. All of this information is held securely for Police purposes only and will be destroyed if you wish to leave the scheme.
Since many canal boats are unattended during the week and canals allow unrestricted access to the public, the benefits of the scheme for boaters are clear.
The Pilot scheme on the Lancaster Canal has already seen a reduction in crime.
Crime affects every part of the community and we can all play a part in reducing it by vigilance and taking commonsense precautions to protect our property.
Please apply for a registration form to-
Lynn Wareing Watch Liason Officer
St.Thomas’s Road. Chorley. Lancashire PR7 1DR
Tel No. 01257-246384. Fax. 01257-246314.
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