As our neighbouring Watch in the Strand says – your bin can be used as a tool for crime.Often “vagrants” posing as bin-scratchers are found to have dangerous weapons on them when searched, they scout areas posing as scratchers and collect information that is used to commit crimes in your neighbourhood.
If you don’t believe us – then perhaps this information from our Station Commander, Col Williams, will convince you to stop leaving tempting items out with your rubbish. This was her message at a recent CPF meeting:
“Active patrolling Neighbourhood Watches are essential in getting information to the police. Crime in residential areas is directly linked to bin-scratchers. Get rid of the bin-scratchers and you reduce crime. (Do NOT put out your bin the night before, and NEVER purposely leave food / clothes / metal / electrical stuff out on or in your bin.