Neighbours unite to cut car crime

RESIDENTS in Witham Town in Boston are joining forces to hit back at criminals who have plagued them with vandalism, theft and anti-social behaviour.

A group of householders at L&H Homes’ Riverside Complex have been hit by damage to vehicles and items being stolen from their cars frequently in recent months – and they have now said enough is enough.

They have set up pages on Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness of the problems and are working with police and the council to try to make their community a safer place.

Emma Wilcock, one of the residents who set up the pages, said: “Whoever is doing this has made us feel a little unsafe.

“All we really want is to make our streets safe for us to live. We don’t think it’s too much to ask.

“The message is if you are going to commit crime on our street, you will be seen and reported. We want to make others aware of it so we can live in relative safety and relative quiet.”

Several cars on the road have had windows smashed in recent months, and recently a number of items, including a coat, were taken from vehicles.

Emma said some residents were now concerned that the issues would escalate, and their homes may be targeted.

The neighbourhood policing team has now become involved in the problem, and officers are working with residents to try to combat the anti-social behaviour.

Sgt Gary Joynes, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “We would encourage everyone in the community to contact their local team to report all incidents, however minor, as we can then direct our resources in the most appropriate and effective way and ensure that increased foot and cycle patrols are being conducted in the places and at the times when problems are occurring.”

L&H Homes, which manages the properties, has also got behind the residents in their battle to improve the area.

A spokesman for the company said: “At L&H Homes we are committed to creating safe and happy communities for our residents to live and therefore we treat any allegations of anti-social behaviour extremely seriously. We are aware there have been issues raised at Riverside, Boston and our neighbourhood team have been working pro-actively with residents and partnership agencies including the local authority, environmental health and the police to take the appropriate actions to resolve issues effectively.”