UUP MLA Robin Swann is urging rural communities to form a network of neighbourhood watch groups to help combat vandalism, anti-social behaviour and other crime.
Mr Swann issued his appeal in the wake of a number of thefts from local farms and the recent arson attack on a bus at Dervock Orange Hall, which he said was used by the community and not just the local band.
Mr Swann said: “Everyone in the constituency can have the opportunity to play a role in combatting the scourge of rural and urban crime by getting involved with, or setting up a local neighbourhood watch, which have the full support and approval of the PSNI.
“Neighbourhood watches provide a very useful service in supporting the PSNI and I fully encourage constituents to get involved with these schemes to help protect their communities from criminals and those who indulge in anti-social behaviour.
“I also commend those neighbourhood watches which currently exist throughout the constituency and praise their sterling efforts to make North Antrim a safer place to live and work,” said Assemblyman Swann.