Are you concerned about crime in your area?
Neighbourhood Watch has proved to be an effective method of reducing crimes such as criminal damage, burglaries, theft from motor vehicles and anti-social behaviour. Members are less likely to be a victim of crime if they and their neighbours are made aware of local problems by receiving up to date information on local incidents and crime prevention tips from the Police.
With all the lovely community spirit and neighbours getting to know one another, now is the ideal time to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in part or all of your road if you don’t already have one. Angela Money, the NHW Area Representative for West Berkshire, can send you details of how to set up a scheme. Please phone her on 01635 40866, 07774962641 or forward your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will make contact with you. With email now or by setting up a Facebook or WhatsApp Group, it is so easy to forward the Police/NHW/Action Fraud Alerts on to your neighbours. Neighbourhood Watch signs, stickers and leaflets are free plus all neighbours receive various local discounts. It is important for more schemes to be set up as this will help combat crime and make the community a safer place to live.
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators
The responsibility of the NHW Co-ordinator is to:
– share relevant Police alerts with their neighbours by email or hardcopy, Facebook or WhatsApp as appropriate.
– display NHW stickers and signs on their patch eg on lamp posts at each access point such as start and end of road and for any pathways leading from their road. You will be given the signs and details of who to contact at West Berkshire Council for permission to install the signs (each lamp post is numbered).
– report any suspicious activity to the Police via 999 if a crime is occurring or 101 the non-emergency number with information after a crime has been committed.
A local Police officer will deliver the signs, stickers and leaflets to you.
- Neighbourhood Watch has proved to be an effective method of reducing criminal damage, burglaries, theft from motor vehicles and anti-social behaviour. Members are less likely to be a victim of crime if they and their neighbours are made aware of local problems by receiving up to date information on local incidents and crime prevention tips from the Police.
- It is a good way to get to know your neighbours: you can help one another, especially the elderly, by being aware of any issues in your area and by removing post, putting lights on and pulling curtains when neighbours are away. This makes residents feel secure knowing that neighbours are keeping an eye on their property and makes them aware to report anything suspicious and watch their security.
- Discounts are available to all members of a NHW scheme include a trade discount at Jewsons, A-Plan Thatcham branch give a 15% discount on household insurance and Co-op Insurance 10%, Newbury Locks 10% on products, Yale give a 15% discount on all their products if purchased via their website and SelectaDNA give a discounted price of £27 a kit inc. delivery. Reference numbers have to be quoted to receive these discounts.
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in West Berkshire
We are pleased to have over 550 schemes set up across West Berkshire with more in the pipeline.
The following Hungerford streets have active NHW schemes: Atherton Crescent, Wessex Close, Somerset Close, Homefield Way, Sanham Green, Priory Place, Chilton Way, Chilton Lodge, Uplands, Redwood House in Coldharbour Road, Regent Close, Aldbourne Close, Ramsbury Drive, Canal Walk, part of High Street, Cherry Grove and Shalbourne Close.