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After the launch of several ‘Canines On Patrol’ schemes (COPs) across Lincolnshire, a new scheme is being set up in the Skegness area. COPS is another strand of ‘Watch’ schemes, such as Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch, which are proven deterrents against crime.

From suspicious cars to unusual behaviour, criminal damage, insecure properties, or even elderly neighbours who haven’t been seen out and about for a while, dog walkers are being asked to keep a look out for anything that seems out of the ordinary and to feed that information back to the police. The aims of COPs:

To provide crime reduction advice to enable members to be aware of current incidents and operations.

To collate and act upon information received from members and other partners.

To enable members to safe guard their animals and personal possessions.

When you become a COPS member, you receive a welcome pack containing suspicious activity report cards as well as advice on how you can help your local police and what to look out for.

PCSO Dave Bunker, from Skegness Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Dog walkers are a section of the community who are in an excellent position to spot suspicious activity and to report those suspicions to the police. Dog owners tend to be out walking their pets late at night or early in the morning and often follow the same route so are able to easily spot when something is amiss or out of the ordinary. COPs is all about local residents looking after the area where they live and giving the community a means of communication to share latest alerts and crime prevention advice”.

Dog walkers interested in finding out more are welcome to stop local PCSOs for a chat or registration packs can be collected from:

Skegness Police Station,

Ingoldmells Police Station,

Frank Coleman vets, Orby,

Digbey’s Pets and aquatics, Heath Road, Skegness

Fenwold Vets, Heath Road, Skegness

Money Savers Pet Centre, High Street, Skegness

Follow PCSO Bunker on Twitter @PCSO_Bunker or check the Skegness and Coast Policing Area Facebook page for regular updates.

On June 7 and 8, PCSO Dave McPherson, from Boston Policing Station, will be holding another COPs weekend at Tattershall Road Country Park in Boston, similar to last year.


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