Pupils at Kimpton Thruxton and Fyfield Primary School in Andover have been learning how to make a difference in their neighbourhood.
A year long project has seen pupils from Swans class working with local Police Community Support Officer David Trowbridge and their class teachers to help them understand that ‘keeping an eye out’ in their neighbourhood can really help reduce crime.
Each term the class completed worksheets which encouraged them to look around their neighbourhoods and report anything suspicious or unusual to an adult.
PCSO Trowbridge said, “The class now have a good knowledge of vehicle crime, littering, theft and shed security. During the year the class have really come to understand that seeing situations like a shed unlocked or newspapers and mail building up at a neighbour’s house can encourage criminal activity.
“One pre-planned scene saw the headteacher’s car left unlocked and a bag left on the front seat. Eagle-eyed pupils saw this as a vulnerable vehicle and now understand that if they see a similar situation in their neighbourhood, how to deal with it.”
On completion of the project the pupils received a ‘Junior Neighbourhood Watch’ polo shirt and cap which they now proudly wear when out and about checking that all is well in their local neighbourhood.
Local Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and Parish Council Chairman Charles Milner-Williams presented the children with certificates and a small trophy during their celebration assembly held on April 29.
It is hoped that the project, which was funded by Test Valley Borough Council Community Engagement Manager Andy Pilley and Councillor Phil Lashbrook, will be able to continue in the next academic year.