Hello, I'm Beth!
I am proud to be Labour's Candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire, fighting for the community I call home.
Launching Street Watch! Get Involved!
Posted on 13th Oct 2018 in Campaigning
📣 Launching Street Watch - Get Involved!
Everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes and communities. It's something I feel really strongly about.
I've been burgled a number of times and when I was 12, on the way to my school bus stop, a man drove over a small island, pulled up alongside the pavement, got out of his car and chased me. I ran as fast as I could and I had a lucky escape but it really did impact me. I remember not wanting to walk anywhere on my own, and we arranged for a neighbour's son to walk with me to the bus stop each morning.
Crime seemed to improve for a while but there's now a feeling that things are getting worse.
There's been a number of pubs burgled in the past few weeks, and there seems to be an increase in drug dealers moving in to the area from nearby cities.
Our police do the best they can in difficult circumstances but they have been cut to the bone, and their resources are stretched. This means they can't always respond in the way we think they should, or in a way that properly deters criminals.
I'm hoping we can make our communities feel safer, and support our hard working police officers by building a number of Street Watch teams across the constituency.
Street Watch is 'a bit like Neighbourhood Watch but on legs.' It's groups of volunteers, passionate about their area supporting PCSOs and community officers. It's a community patrol initiative that helps you make a difference where you live, just walking around your neighbourhood, which can really help.
You can read more about it here
If you're interested in hearing more and getting involved, please email me your name and the area you live, including your postcode. My email is email@example.com.
When we have enough people interested, we'll set up a small meeting with our local police officers so you can hear more (to see if it's for you!) and take away any forms for training and the vetting process.
If you see a crime or something suspicious, it's important you report it so the police have the full extent of what's going on in our area. And remember you can always report it online here
Please share this with people you know who might be interested in getting involved.