An association which tries to make Norfolk a safer place to live will hold its annual meeting next week.

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The annual meeting of the Norfolk Home Watch Association will take place at Norfolk police’s headquarters at Wymondham at 7pm on Thursday.

Home Watch operates through a network of district associations and schemes run by householders and are supported by the police.

Home Watch in Norfolk tries to prevent crime by improving security, being the ‘eyes and ears’ of the neighbourhood and protecting the most vulnerable members of the community; to help catch criminals by sharing information with the police; to reduce fear of crime and to improve police-community relations through regular contact.

Stuart Gunn, head of community safety at Norfolk police, said: “By joining your local Home Watch scheme you can feel more secure knowing that you and your neighbours are keeping an eye on each other’s property.

“Getting together with your neighbours can prevent crime and well-run schemes have a big impact on reducing the opportunities for crime.

“Home Watch can play a big part in reassuring those who live in fear of crime, can rekindle community spirit and is a great way to get to know your neighbours.”

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