Radios help watches keep up

2015-06-30 06:00
A donation of portable radios to the Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch will help it fight crime in its area.

A donation of portable radios to the Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch will help it fight crime in its area.

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The Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch is over the moon after it received a donation of portable radios that will help it fight crime much easier as the members can now communicate faster and more efficiently.

Before they received the portable radios they used walkie talkies that could only cover a kilometre but now with the new portable radios they can cover up to 10 kilometres, making it easier to be the eyes and ears of the community.

Derek Bluck, patrol organiser, says they are happy about the radios as they help them to keep in touch all the time.

“This will make our job much easier. We are in touch with response officers, police on duty and the ADT who are patrolling. We will keep track of most of the things because these are of a much better quality and very good so we can hear each other much more clearly. The area is big so we have to work with something that will really help us be on the outlook all the time,” he says.

Bluck says they have 21 Icom and Vertex portable radios at the moment but his target for this year is to have at least 30.

“We are talking baby steps but we will be where we want to be eventually. We have to help where we can because the police are under-resourced and they can’t be everywhere all the time so we have to do our bit and help out. Work is much easier with these radios and we can communicate and respond much quicker because they are loud and clear,” he says.

Dealing with crimes like break-ins, loitering, theft out of cars, they will be connected and up to date on what’s happening in the areas they cover.

The Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch covers Palmyra Road, the M5 in Kenilworth and Kromboom.

“It’s extremely essential that communities have neighbourhood watches. This will promote safer communities and help fight crime. We are glad that most people are joining and it will promote safe communities,” says Bluck

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