A new neighbourhood watch group has been set up in a Wolverhampton suburb following a growing number of opportunistic crimes – with the councillor representing the area amongst the victims.
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi (Lab. Ettingshall) decided to establish a dedicated community forum after her own home was targeted by thieves, shortly after she moved in to the area.
She now hosts regular meetings with upwards of 80 members who have signed up, dedicated to the cause of stamping out instances of opportunistic crime in the neighbourhood.
“Not long after I first moved here, my house was broken in to and robbed while I was asleep upstairs,” said Cllr Momenabadi.
“This new group takes a very old school approach to things, whereby people keep their eyes open for neighbours’ houses if they have gone on holiday or have left valuables on display while they are away.
“We’ll knock doors and advise people to be careful. If anyone sees someone behaving suspiciously – for example going around trying to see if car doors have been left open – then we will report it straight away.
“The great thing about living in Ettingshall, as well as representing the area as a councillor, is really having the ability to feel and be part of the community.
“I have already been working with PCSOs from Ettingshall with regard to setting up the community street watch in our area. It’s really about preventative measures, as a lot of residents here have installed CCTV to capture any suspicious activity.
“Street watch gives you and your community an opportunity to keep your area safe, including just walking round your neighbourhood, which can really help. The local police have been extremely supportive in helping us to do this,” she added.
“We’re really passionate about keeping our community safe and I’m pleased this is taking off.”