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Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch celebrates two years of OWL success

THE Mold-based Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association is celebrating two years of OWL success.

The Online Watch Link scheme, which sends members alerts about crimes and suspicious people in their area by text and email, has been running in various parts of the UK for five years.

Denise Edwards of FNWA, based at Mold Police Station, said: “Five years ago this month, OWL was launched and went live to the police and public for the very first time.

“OWL has since been used extensively in England and Wales to help prevent crimes, catch criminals, find missing people, empower volunteers and strengthen communities.”

PC Hazel Goss added: “As a crime prevention officer I have found OWL to be an excellent communication tool.

“I use the OWL system on a weekly basis and it has assisted me in my role so much that I have had new leaflets designed to get more residents and businesses to set up OWL.”

Supt Rob Kirman added: “The use of OWL alerts by our officers provides a quick and easy way for us to communicate with thousands of people.

“Not only can we let them know of crimes in their area that we may need their help with, but it also gives us the opportunity to inform them of ongoing work we are involved in to make our communities safer places to live.”