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Redwoods Launches a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

May 12, 2017

Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), local police, residents of Redwoods, Seymour Hill & Conway Community Association and Clanmil Housing Association are delighted to announce the formal launch of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for the area.

The Scheme has been set up to address concerns of residents and improve communications with the local police and PCSP.  Speaking about the launch of the Scheme, the Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP, Alderman Michael Henderson said “I am delighted that the residents of Redwoods have endorsed the setting up of Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and the turn-out this evening shows the support for policing and community safety in this community. By working together and looking out for one another, local communities can effectively reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.  I look forward to working with the Scheme Co-ordinators and engaging with them at events organised for Neighbourhood Watch Schemes.”

Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are in existence across the City and are strongly valued by the local police.  Commenting on the establishment of this new Scheme, Superintendent Sean Wright, District Commander for Lisburn & Castlereagh said, “Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. It`s about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, religion and class to create real communities that benefit everyone.”

Every community is different and each has its own specific requirements when it comes to safety. Neighbourhood Watch groups succeed by taking a clear look at the needs in their areas and responding with intelligent, targeted and often innovative solutions.”

“Making your neighbourhood safer is partly about increasing security, it`s also about reducing the incentive to commit crime. Active citizenship in our communities is what will help build a safe, confident and peaceful society.”

The two Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators that have been appointed for Redwoods are Margaret Wright and Trudy Smith. Both the Co-ordinators have welcomed the launch of this scheme that will help to refresh community spirit and the desire to look out for one another.

Billy Smyth, Chairman of Seymour Hill & Conway Community Association also welcomed the launch of this Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and said, “The Redwoods housing development is a pleasant area to live in and it is encouraging that local residents are working closely with the PSNI, PCSP, other statutory organisations and Clanmil Housing Association in maintaining this high standard.”

Philip Whyte, Community Cohesion Officer at Clanmil Housing commented, “ We`re delighted to see our tenants coming together with other local people to participate in the Neighbourhood watch Scheme for their area. At Clanmil we want all of our housing schemes to be safe and welcoming and by supporting this initiative our tenants are sending out a clear message that they love where they live and want to be actively involved in ensuring Redwoods remains a great place to live for everyone.”

If you would like to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch Schemes please contact Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP on 028 9250 9279/284 or