‘Paws on Watch’ is a new and imaginative project from the Safer Wealden Partnership which aims to recruit responsible dog owners. Many have already joined.
Did you know that there are over 20,000 dogs in the Wealden area?
Just imagine if only a small percentage of those owners like you were keeping an eye open for people up to mischief as they walked their dogs; Wealden could be a lot safer than it already is.
Can you answer ‘Yes’ to these three questions:
- Do you regularly walk a dog?
- Are you a responsible dog owner and always clear up after your dog in public places?
- Would you like to help keep you area safe?
If the answer to all three questions is ‘Yes’ then all you have to do is to supply a few personal details such as name and address including post code and an email address and you will have become a member of ‘Paws on Watch’ – it’s as simple as that.
Your email address is then stored on a secure database and can be used by Sussex Police and other partners to alert you to important and relevant issues.
As a ‘Paws on Watch’ member you will be asked to do three things:
- To act as an extra pair of eyes and ears in your local community,
- Report back anything that seems suspicious or unusual;
- If you feel able to and it is appropriate to, promote responsible dog ownership amongst other dog walkers by challenging those that do not clear-up after their dog and offering them a bag; and to help Sussex Police and other enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for specific crimes in your area and to report any details.
For example, if there was a spate of heating oil thefts or a regular fly-tipper in a certain location, Paws on Watch members in that area would be emailed and asked to be vigilant for any suspicious behaviour.
If you decide to join you will receive a badge, a tag for the dog’s collar (wearing them is optional) and a membership card which lists the important contact details for Sussex Police and some personal safety advice.
Initially we are asking dog owners to contact their local PCSO for an application form and soon there will be lot of other places that you can join in the community – watch this space.
You can keep up-to-date with the latest news on the Paws On Watch Twitter page (external link)