Stephen Armson-Smith, Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor from Essex Police, tells us about this county-wide scheme:
Following on from the Heritage Watch launches in Stow Maries, Hedingham, Ongar, Harlow and Basildon the latest successful launch for Uttlesford district took place at Audley End House on Monday 30th November 2015. During 2016 further launches are planned throughout Essex with the object of protecting our counties rich heritage for this and future generations.
Heritage Watch is an Essex Police led partnership between agencies that are committed to protecting our heritage, as well as members of the public who want to help preserve our heritage.
In the formative days of Heritage Watch the Essex Heritage Crime Strategy Group (EHCSG) was the steering group to setting up Heritage Watch. The EHCSG consists of heritage professionals from all aspects of our counties heritage and reviews crimes affecting our counties heritage, what’s happening beyond our county, crime prevention measures, problem solving and gets updates on Heritage Watch.
The watch scheme looks to maintain and preserve important places of interest, encouraging vigilance and reporting of suspicious activity around sites. This is to prevent any theft or other crime that may damage assets beyond recovery, which may lead to the loss of a piece of history.
Heritage Watch locations would include ancient earth works and archeological sites, listed buildings, museums, galleries, religious buildings, historic visitor attractions and others. The more members obviously the greater value it will be to everyone in within the group, and the greater potential for protecting our wealth of wonderful heritage within Essex.
Essex Police aim to inform Heritage Watch members of incidents affecting heritage assets, crime prevention advice and general information relevant to heritage assets both locally to Essex and further afield. Naturally no news is good news in relation to crime reports but we hope also source other relevant news of interest too. This information will provided by Essex Community Messaging (ECM), e-mail messages via your local Essex Watch Liaison Officer and from time to time a Wildlife and Heritage bulletin from our Wildlife and Heritage Crime Officer Pc Andy Long firstname.lastname@example.org and Heritage Crime Prevention Lead Stephen Armson-Smith.
Like other watch schemes though we hope that Heritage Watch will be a two way flow of information, with general relevant information from members via their local Essex Watch Liaison Officer to other members.
If you have any further enquiries or to join visit our website, email: EssexWatchLiaisonOfficers@essex.pnn.police.uk or use the Police Non-Emergency of 101 and ask for your local Essex Watch Liaison Officer.