Blackthorn, in Northampton is serious about safety, as the area becomes the latest to benefit from a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme, thanks to a partnership between the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) and Northampton Borough Council.

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is continuing to support the work being carried out by Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) and Northampton Borough Council as they join forces to improve safety in local communities. A grant of £9,500 was awarded to the Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Watch Association as part of the OPFCC’s Safer Northants Grants and has already funded 10 new schemes in Northamptonshire, with recent additions in Thorplands and Pineham Lock.

Northampton Borough Council Neighbourhood Warden installing the Neighbourhood Watch signs

Northampton Borough Council Neighbourhood Warden installing the Neighbourhood Watch signs

Neighbourhood Watch signs have been put up by Northampton Borough Council Neighbourhood Wardens in key locations around Blackthorn and residents are being encouraged to join the Scheme and become one of the many thousands of people committed to making the county safer, friendlier and more vibrant.

“We know that in areas in Northampton, a well-run scheme, that has a good relationship with the Neighbourhood Policing Team, has reduced crime by more than 30%. This shows the significant strides these partnerships make in helping to reduce crime and build stronger and safer communities.”

Chairman of Northants Neighbourhood Watch, Alan Earle, said: “I am grateful to the ongoing support of the PFCC particularly during these challenging times.  Neighbourhood Watch schemes can make a real and long-lasting difference to local communities. Not only do we see a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour, but our presence in local communities is a reassurance to residents and helps in developing stronger community cohesion.”

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We want to work with our residents and want them to know that we are here to help and support, but we also need their help in making their community a more pleasant and safe place in which to live.

“If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour, witnessing criminal activity in Blackthorn or surrounding areas or are a victim of hate crime, we want you to let us know.  We would also appreciate your help in reporting fly tipping, especially if you should witness the offence as the information you give may assist in a successful prosecution.”

Join Neighbourhood Watch and receive a free alert that allows Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations to keep residents informed about issues in their area and provide practical crime prevention advice by visiting: