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Evening Post article, 11th November 2010 CREATE SPIRIT IN YOUR COMMUNITY

With budgets in all aspects of our daily lives severely affected, it's never been a better time to consider creating or regenerating a Neighbourhood Watch in your street or area. It's an opportunity for the readers of this paper to create a community spirit which has become less evident as a result of the buoyant property markets of the past. Let's get back some of the old British grit when times were hard and we pulled together. As the restraints and conditions on obtaining a mortgage or credit begin to bite, opportunities to relocate and progress become less likely, so why not create a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and enhance the area?

You may be surprised at the results and effect it can have on the quality of life we seek elsewhere, which sometimes we never find. Become a focal point to obtain the services you require from the Police and local authority, as the shouting of a community is louder than that of an individual, to assist in reducing crime and the risk of becoming a victim of crime. Be proactive in preventing crime by protecting your property and that of your neighbourhood. Provide that united front and become a part of the "Big Society".

Before you say you haven't got time, just pick up the phone and call your local crime reduction manager and you will be surprised how quickly it can be set up. All too often we hear of areas in Nottinghamshire, as mentioned in the Post, where streets and communities are blighted, ruined or subjected to anti-social behaviour, causing unnecessary misery. Become an area where you have a scheme and, with the help of the Police and their partners, take back and secure your community. Enjoy the quality of life you are entitled to.

TONY MORRIS Manor Green Walk Carlton.

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