Company joins fight against crime

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A COMPANY is joining the fight against crime by printing and distributing new Neighbourhood and Home Watch window stickers.

Towergate Insurance has agreed to supply more than 600,000 stickers throughout England and Wales folowing a cut in funding to Home Office marketing projects by the Coalition Government.

The stickers act as a warning to criminals to think twice before committing a crime in the community and has been proven as a key factor in reducing burglary.

Paul Whittaker, CEO of Towergate Insurance in Bury St Edmunds, said: “Towergate is delighted to be supporting Neighbourhood and Home Watch in its efforts to combat crime.

“We both share the same goal in keeping our local communities safe so would encourage people to contact us for their window sticker.

“This is a symbol that local communities are working together to beat crime.”

Last year the Coalition gGovernment announced it was cutting the Home Office’s advertising budget, including that for the Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch Network.

Kate Daisley, operations director at the Neighbour and Home Watch Network, said she was grateful to Towergate Insurance for stepping in so the iconic sticker would remain a tool in reducing crime.

She said: “It is such great news that Towergate Insurance has agreed step in to print and distribute the sticker.

“From testimonies from former burglars, criminals are looking for houses that will be an easy target.

“The Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch stickers show that people are looking out for each other’s properties and are actively keeping watch in their community.

“We try and do it so the stickers are not just given out for fun, it is about people actively looking after their community.

Jim Maddan, chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network said: “Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch window stickers are a public-facing example of community cohesion and act as a real deterrent in the fight against crime.

“The withdrawal of the stickers by the Home Office was a real blow, but Towergate Insurance has stepped into the breach by agreeing to print, store and distribute stickers throughout England and Wales and for that we are very grateful.”

The new stock of Neighbourhood and Home Watch Stickers will be avail-able to pick up in person or order from Towergate offices across England.