MEMBERS of the community who protect streets from vandalism and anti-social behaviour have been praised by police for ‘helping the fight against crime’.

The Home Watch movement in Cheshire has been heralded as a great success by senior officers.

Cheshire’ Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “It has had a real impact on preventing crime and catching criminals.

“Home Watch has adapted to a changing world and adopted new technology but, at the core, it is still about people making a constructive effort to protect their local community.”

Thirty years ago Harold Cooper, chairman of the Mollington Residents Association, approached Chester Crime Prevention Office about a spate of burglaries. After the launch of Home Watch in Mollington in 1983, the burglaries stopped and representatives from 34 police forces visited Cheshire to look at its operation.

Cheshire police would like to hear people’s interesting stories of how Home Watch has helped fight crime in their area. Anyone who can help with that is asked to contact community engagement manager Jenny Ford by emailing