Schoolwatch scheme launched in Conwy County
A scheme which encourages residents to keep an
eye on their local school has been launched in Conwy.
In conjunction with the Conwy and Denbighshire
Community Safety Partnership, the School Watch initiative aims to
get parents, residents, and teachers as well as the emergency
services and the local authorities, working together to keep
schools and the immediate surrounding area safe and free from crime
and anti-social behaviour.
Primary school pupils at Ysgol Porth y Felin
in Conwy met with officers from the local neighbourhood policing
team, Community Safety, Arson Reduction Team, the Fire and Rescue
Service and the Education Department of Conwy County Borough
Council this week.
Community Safety Officer Ifan Hughes said:
“With schools about to close over the summer holidays we are urging
members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious
behaviour they see around school premises.
“Previously there have been incidents where
school buildings have been subject to vandalism and graffiti. We
are simply asking people who live near a school to be extra
vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to officers.”
He added: “This is the eighth year that we
have been running this initiative, and we have seen a drop in the
number of problems being reported, however we are not complacent.
This is something that we can all get involved with. If you live
near a school, or live in a house that overlooks a school, or even
if you walk or drive past a school, then you can help.”
Tom Pye, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Partnership Manager for Conwy and Denbighshire said: “Historically,
schools have suffered from incidents such as deliberate fires and
vandalism and this partnership approach aims to tackle the problems
before they occur."
Mr Dilwyn Griffiths, Headteacher of Ysgol
Porth y Felin said: “This is something which we welcome. Schools
are particularly vulnerable during the holiday period, so the more
we can work with parents and other members of the community to try
and prevent criminal damage to the school, the less likely the
possibility of any disruption to the children and their
Special signs, which have been funded by the
Arson Reduction Team, will be placed on school railings and gates
and over 8,000 leaflets and posters have also been distributed
throughout Conwy and Denbighshire. The initiative will be rolled
out to other areas of the Force over the next two weeks.
Firefighters returning from call outs will also keep an eye on
school buildings whilst on their way back to their respective
stations as will the North Wales Police helicopter.
Anyone who witnesses any suspicious behaviour in or around
schools or school buildings is asked to contact North Wales Police
on 101 or Crimestoppers Wales anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an
emergency always dial 999.
Remember: Do you live near or overlook a school? Do you walk or
drive past a school on a regular basis? If the answer is YES then
you can help!
Take a few seconds to look at the school.
If you see it – report it!
Call North Wales Police on 101.