Neighbourhood watch scheme start in Finzean

KEEPING WATCH: Bill Powrie of the scheme
KEEPING WATCH: Bill Powrie of the scheme

A new neighbourhood watch (NW) scheme has been started in Finzean and the organisers are looking for opinions from the village.

In the coming week Finzean Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators will be leafletting the settlements 150 homes asking if they wish to take part in the scheme, whether they are in favour of setting up a Controlled Cold Calling Zone (CCCZ) and if they would like to hear about recent criminal incidents that have happened locally.

A local partner in security company Absafe has been found for the plan.

The setting up of a CCCZ in the village would include signage warning potentially dodgy doorstep criminals that no cold callers are welcome at residents’ doors.

The leaflet says: “CCCZ have been used successfully across the UK to tackle the problem of doorstep crime... The purpose of (these zones) is to give residents the confidence to say “NO” to uninvited salespeople and to warn rouge traders and cold callers that they are being watched.”

The village will be split into six sectors that will be watched over by the group’s eight co-ordinators.

As well as cutting crime the scheme could see a boost to people’s pockets as being part of a NW project leads to a 10% reduction in home contents insurance.

Village co-ordinator Bill Powrie said: “The NW is about communication. It asks people to be alert and notice things they maybe wouldn’t otherwise- the make and registration of a dodgy white van, the height of a bogus salesman. Quite often we don’t notice these things.

“Once we hear about something the first response is to call the police and then get in touch with the other co-ordinators so the message gets across the village very quickly.”

He added that there was no trouble in recruiting volunteers: “There is a very strong sense of community in Finzean so it was easy to get volunteers.”

He also wished to thank Finzean Farm Shop for their help with the printing of the leaflets.