It is easy to feel that you and your family are living your busy lives in isolation. However, in Cambridge we are very lucky to be supported by many unseen community organizations. One of these is our very valuable Volunteer Community Patrol.
The Community Patrol drives our streets and roads for five out of seven nights each week and has been active since May 2017. All patrollers are volunteers.
The Patrol works alongside our local Police, who communicate with one another to extend the ability to observe our streets. On a typical night, patrollers might secure business premises unintentionally left open, observe and report suspicious people and vehicles or find support for vulnerable people out at night. There have been occasions when the Patrol has joined the search for elderly or young people lost or stranded in town or in our rural areas. For example, the patrol located an elderly gentleman who was disorientated and wandering in a rural area. His family were most grateful to have him delivered home safely. On another occasion they found a young girl who was alone on a wet, cold night after a fight at home. They were able to deliver her to the Police who collected her and found her a bed for the night.
Several times, the patrol has encountered a vehicle suspiciously parked in a secluded area or outside a popular retail outlet at night. When the suspicious vehicle sees the patrol, it immediately leaves the area. We believe that just the presence of the patrol prevents break-ins and other illegal activity.
Further to this, the patrol has often been able to identify stolen vehicles and offenders and to alert the Police. This has resulted in several successful arrests.
Recently the patrol trialled a daytime on-foot circuit in an effort to make our retail area safer and to discourage shoplifting.
Since the patrol has been operating, they have encouraged commercial premises to increase their security and have found that break-ins have ceased at some premises that used to be burgled frequently.
Our community patrol is fully funded by donations. They receive outstanding support from C & R Developments in Cambridge who provide both the vehicle and the fuel which enable the patrol to operate. The patrol is always seeking mature volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or donate to the Patrol, please contact Neil Bridgland at email@example.com