Accolade a sign of success

12-565    Sandra Jackson and her children Natalie, nine, and Andrew seven, with Mike Penning at the unveiling of the Neighbourhood Watch sign at Kings Langley.
12-565 Sandra Jackson and her children Natalie, nine, and Andrew seven, with Mike Penning at the unveiling of the Neighbourhood Watch sign at Kings Langley.

THE CRIME-fighting efforts of a village are now plain for all to see - including those with criminal intentions.

The introduction of new signs at the entrances to Kings Langley marks its status as a Neighbourhood Watch Village after signing up nearly every street to the scheme.

Ward co-ordinator for Kings Langley and secretary of Dacorum Neighbourhood Watch Association Sandra Jackson said: “I think everyone realises that Neighbourhood Watch has got real value.

“I want to do anything I can to prevent being burgled, and if I’m looking out for my neighbours and they’re watching out for me then that’s great. “It’s a real honour to be able to call Kings Langley a Neighbourhood Watch village.

“This will enable us to continue having below average crime rates by sharing information and remaining informed through working with the police and, by passing information back to the police if we see anything suspicious.”

An unveiling ceremony on Friday was attended by MP Mike Penning, parish councillors, police officers, police authority members and watch co-ordinators.

Mr Penning said: “Kings Langley is everything you could want from a village that comes together. I’m very proud of the work that has been done here.

“It’s beneficial for the community and makes it easier for the police.”