Neighbourhood Watch launches new website
Neighbourhood Watch has now launched its new website and a steering group has been set up in a bid to improve communications and to re-invigorate the organisation.
PCSO C3429 Wendy Kay, who is encouraging all existing co-ordinators, as well as new members to register their Watch schemes online, said: “It is hoped that with increased registrations and the establishment of a Neighbourhood Watch North Wales Association and Steering group will ensure that communication will be rebuilt throughout all levels of the Neighbourhood Watch network.”
“Due to new and updated record systems it is important for co-ordinators to register as this will be the only way for the Neighbourhood Watch team to keep in touch and send updates or newsletters.
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention schemes. It is based on simple ideas and values that are shared by many people, run by the community, for the community.
Neighbourhood Watch is not just about reducing crime and anti-social behaviour – it is about building community safety and promoting good relations between neighbours in the bid to make the neighbourhood a safer and better place to live, work and play.
The initial steering group was formed to work together to ensure communication between Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators at all levels, and part of the role of the steering group will be to help establish a Neighbourhood Watch Force Association for the whole of North Wales.
Jenny Woodall an Anglesey Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator was recently recognised for her work as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator when she awarded the Crime Commissioner’s People’s Award for Community Safety.
With the help of 20 volunteers Jenny runs the largest Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Wales. She has met residents from all 600 houses in the group, and greets all newcomers with Neighbourhood Watch & OWL information packs, No Cold Calling Door Stickers and local contact details. Working with North Wales Police she produces regular newsletters circulating current Police information and seasonal safety advice to every house.
Jenny said: “I remind people to call 101 immediately and to tell me of any uninvited callers. With the support of my late husband Ted whose common sense and experience of working on the Crime Prevention Panel gave me the confidence to build such a large group, even the most vulnerable residents tell me they now feel safer.”
“I am grateful for the ongoing support and co-operation of the residents, Police and Trading Standards, without which this would not be possible.”
PCSO Kay added: “North Wales is one of the safest areas to live in the UK, but we need local communities to help continue to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour to keep it this way.”
If you would like to join Neighbourhood Watch please visit www.ourwatch.org.uk or call the Neighbourhood Watch office on 0116 402 6111. Alternatively contact your local Police Community Support Officer for further advice.
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