Faith Watch launches in West Essex
A new scheme has been launched in West Essex to combat church
Following the success of farm watch which sees farmers share
information about rural crime via text and email, Faith Watch will
see church members share information about church crime.
The scheme was
launched by PCSOs Karen Gibbs and Deborah Powis last month and
currently has 26 church members.
PCSO Karen Gibbs said: "Over the past year, in and around the
Brentwood area, approximately £16,000 worth of lead and metals have
been stolen from churches.
"We believe it is due to the current financial climate - the
metals that are being stolen have high values and are very
attractive to criminals. We are urging all members of churches to
make sure their security is at the highest level as this deters the
Our aim with
Faith Watch is simply to have a link between all church
communities so they can communicate via email to prevent church
"By working together we will be able to share relevant
information and gather intelligence to hopefully bring those
responsible for these crimes to justice. We also hope that by
launching Faith Watch, this will deter criminal activity and help
bring crime down in the Brentwood area."
Rev Jem Treherm from Doddinghurst Road Community Church in
Brentwood said: "I think faith watch is absolutely brilliant. It
was launched recently and it is a good way of linking all the
churches and sharing information.”
Karen added: "We currently have 26 church members working
closely with us and we welcome any other church member or even
people who live or work near a church to come on board and join the
Anyone wishing to join the Faith Watch scheme can do so by
contacting PCSO Karen Gibbs at Brentwood police station on 0300 333
4444 or via email at mailto:Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org