Neighbourhood Watch for Caravans

skegness-caravan-for-rentThe Skegness Standard reports on a new scheme to help combat caravan crime in the area. As the Skegness area is one of the largest static caravan areas of Europe it can attract the criminal element, particularly burglary and criminal damage of empty caravans.

So the  an innovative Information Sharing Agreement (ISA) between police and members of the caravan holiday industry is set to make a new Caravan Park Watch Scheme ‘very effective’ in the fight against crime on the Lincolnshire coast, say Lincolnshire Police.

The scheme is to cover Skegness, Ingoldmells and Mablethorpe, and Community Inspector Andy Morrice met with caravan park owners, caravan manufacture and insurance industries to discuss ways to help reduce the number of burglaries that occur each year in the area, especially during the closed winter season.

The idea is that sharing information with all interested parties will aid better detection and prevention of crime.  A number of ISAs exist already between Lincolnshire Police and our key partners, such as Local Authorities, Registered Social Landlords and other agencies and they allow police to share data, within strict guidelines and controls.

John Chappell of  Skegness Water Leisure says “This sense of community partnership has the potential to help make the area one of the safest in the UK for residents and the millions of people who come here every year for their holidays and day trips. As we move forward, we hope that more sites will sign up to the scheme, so that together as an industry, we can help Lincolnshire Police to help us. They can’t do it alone and, together, we can demonstrate to the public that we believe wholeheartedly in our community and are prepared to work hard with the Police to improve the lives of all residents and visitors alike”.