Initiative is now online

A VIRTUAL Neighbourhood Watch Scheme has been launched for two new housing estates in Willington Quay.

Quay Watch offers crime prevention advice to residents in 400 homes in the Hadrian Village and Rosehill areas.

Neighbourhood beat manager Lee Barker, who covers Howdon South and Willington Quay, was keen to help set up the scheme after hearing how effective it had been elsewhere.

As each new home is occupied, a welcome letter from Pc Barker is in the hand-over pack from the estate developer’s sales team introducing the scheme and giving contact details.

Pc Barker said: “The on-line scheme makes it easy for residents to get involved without having to make time for face-to-face meetings.

“Simply send an e-mail with your home or work address to us and we’ll sign you up.

“I’ve watched hundreds of new homes spring up over the last year and I want to be able to offer new residents reassurance a quick and easy method of receiving news from their local policing team.

“These schemes are effective and promote the best aspects of being a good neighbour, they help to prevent crime and provide the police with useful information about suspicious activity.”

Officers can quickly e-mail members with practical crime prevention advice on how to keep their homes and possessions safe, as well as issuing crime alert messages if there are any specific problems in these areas.

Residents who want to join should e-mail