POLICE have advised residents in Lyme Regis to be more “security conscious” and are promoting the Neighbourhood Watch scheme to prevent crimes such as theft and burglaries.
Speaking at last week’s LymeForward meeting, Police Community Support Officer Amanda King said that, while Lyme Regis was a very safe place to live, residents were “perhaps not as security conscious as they should be”.
PCSO King, who has been based in Lyme Regis since the middle of November, said she had been trying to promote the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, as well as a new initiative called Hotel Watch.
PCSO King said: “The idea is to get different people from different neighbourhoods in the area to be more security conscious and to spread news about incidents in the area so people can be more vigilant.
“There’s quite a lot of support for it from the police and there’s a lot of good advice about security available.”
PCSO King said recent crimes in the area had included door-to-door scams and burglaries, and she asked residents to be more vigilant.
“Police resources are not what they used to be so we need as much help from the public as possible,” she added.
“Please report anything you see that’s suspicious – it all helps police to build up a bigger picture.
“Lyme Regis is a safe place to live but there are always one or two people causing problems.”
The advice came following a spate of thefts from vehicles and outbuildings in the Lyme Regis area during the first three months of 2018.