Johnstown residents sign up to cut crime and vandalism


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A WREXHAM community has installed a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Residents of Delyn Street, Johnstown, have teamed up with North Wales Police’s Online Watch Link (OWL) to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour via a new community safety communication tool.

In addition, funding for new signs for lamp-posts have been provided by Rhos Community Council.

It is the first time the OWL scheme has been used on Delyn Street.

Flintshire and Wrexham’s Watch Association is encouraging residents to sign up to the OWL system, which is free and provides people with information about ongoing crime in their areas.

PSCO Piers Warburton is supporting the scheme and has also asked residents to sign up to it.

Residents can choose to receive information by email or text. They can, in turn, provide feedback to messages received.

Johnstown councillor David A. Bithell, said he supported the scheme.

He said: “One example of the scheme in progress was recently when a cold calling in Johnstown took place.

“We were alerted to this activity happening and action was quickly taken by Trading Standards and North Wales Police. Reducing community crime needs the community to participate.”

Johnstown resident Brian Jones, who has worked to set up neighbourhood watch in the area, said he welcomed the scheme and looked forward to receiving more funding to further help residents.

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