CRIME-FIGHTING residents are being urged to set up more neighbourhood watch schemes across Stafford Borough.
Almost 400 schemes are already in place around the area, involving more than 20,000 households.
But the borough council, along with Staffordshire Police, want more people to get involved and are urging residents to join forces.
The aim is to crack down on many spur-of-the moment crimes which often happen when a house looks empty or is left insecure.
The council says the presence of Neighbour- hood Watch in a community helps provide a deterrent.
Neighbourhood Watch started in the UK in 1982 and there are more than 150,000 schemes, making it the largest voluntary movement in the country.
Councillor Patrick Farrington, cabinet member for community, said: “Neighbourhood Watch is one of a number of schemes with which we work with the police and other organisations to help reduce crime and make our residents feel safer in their homes.
“I’m really pleased that so many people in our community already take part in this scheme but would encourage others to also join.”
Anyone interested in setting up Neighbour- hood Watch in their area should contact Ash Connor, community engagement officer, on 01785 234129. To contact Staffordshire Police, dial 101.