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Factory Watch

Posted: 05/01/2007 11:09:50

A Factory Watch scheme which was recently set up in Redditch has been declared a success.

Factory Watch is similar to Neighbourhood Watch, but is for industrial rather than residential areas.

The scheme was set up by PC Paul Downes, Local Policing Officer for Redditch North East, who said positive feedback had been received since Factory Watch was set up in November.

PC Downes said “I thought industrial areas could benefit from this kind of approach so I sent out a letter to all the units on Heming Road and Bartleet Road, the two main roads where the factories are, explaining the idea was to keep them up to date with incidents that have occurred on Matchborough and the rest of Redditch, as well as the broader force area.

“The information includes details about specific crimes, and any trends that we notice, although obviously no confidential information is passed on.

“Businesses were asked to supply an email address, so information could be issued as soon as possible.

“The response has been very good and a couple of updates have already been issued.”

PC Downes added: “I am hoping Factory Watch will develop into a two-way exchange of information. If a company passes on to us information about suspicious vehicles or people, we can let the other firms in the area know and Factory Watch therefore becomes an effective early warning system.

“It is early days but Factory Watch is already proving a useful tool for preventing crime and also enabling the police to build up a useful network of contacts.”

Any Matchborough factories interested in joining Factory Watch are asked to contact PC Downes on 08457 444888 ext 4188.

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