The Home Watch scheme is similar to the Neighbourhood Watch schemes that operates in larger communities.
This was initiated in Shipton Gorge in 1992 by the Village Society and has been operating successfully ever since. The scheme provides an early warning system for villagers of potential crime situations and a way of passing information quickly and locally within the parish.
The way it works is that the village, including the properties and surrounding area, are divided into five sections, each one having a contact person who is kept informed of any local problems and who then passes information to others within their section. The system is run by a Ringmaster which is a computer controlled telephone system linked to Dorset Police.
This system works very effectively in the village with the Police reporting a very low level of crime within the Parish.
The Homewatch Co-ordinator for Shipton Gorge is Sally Parker. Her address is 12 Peas Hill, Shipton Gorge, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4LR and she can be contacted on 01308 897168.
The Police Officer for the village is PC Tim Poole and our Police Community Support Officers are PCSOs Dave Ash and Catli Jarvis who can be contacted at Beaminster Police Station on 01308 862222. The PCSOs come to the Village Hall on the first Thursday of every month at 10.00 a.m. when they are happy to talk to all residents about security and any policing issues they may have.