Constables Andy Crawford, Alison Kane, and William O’Donnell from Police Scotland have also been working with partners to advise people on how to make their home safe.

They have been working with Andrew Blessing, Sylvia Muir, and Jaqueline Paterson all of Carillion Amey – who all look after the naval family properties in the area - Samantha Jones, housing Officer from ACHA, and MDP Officers PC Russell White, and Sgt Stevie Tait.

Residents of Helensburgh east have been encouraged to sign up to the new watch by logging on at Neighbourhood Watch Scotland and entering a few details.

As ever membership is free and it allows residents to keep up to date with relevant crime issues in the area.

PC Crawford said: “The initiative was set up to raise awareness of home security and to ask residents to ask themselves ‘is my home secure?’.

“Carrying out a few simple tasks can make your home a harder target for the criminal, if you are unsure about your home security or have doubts then contact 101 and get a free security survey of your home.

“Don’t make it easy for the thief and don’t take security for granted.” Leaflets will be spread widely around the Argyll area in paper copy and electronic form.

PC Crawford added: “The birth of another Rural Watch – this time sponsored by The Blue Light Disco – allows residents to sign up and take a pride in their area, signs are erected to advertise that the area is lived in and cared for by the community, crime is not welcome here.” The Rural Watch covers a significant area of naval estate and as such is coordinated by colleagues at Ministry of Defence Police.