UPDATE: THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH LIAISON OFFICER WILL BE COMING TO MEET US ON THURSDAY 7th APRIL AT 7:30PM AT THE SOCIAL CLUB. PLEASE COME ALONG IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SCHEME.
What does a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Involve?
For those who were unable to make the AGM, a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is essentially a communications network between the residents and the Police in which to pass on information that assists the police to keep us safe. It is NOT expected that residents confront such behaviour themselves. That is the job of the Police. A Neighbourhood Watch Member would pass on information on suspicious behaviour to the Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator who in turn would have a point of contact, the Police Liaison Officer. The Liaison Officer would feed in such information to the Neighbourhood Policing Teams responsible for the area. Essentially the NHW group would be the eyes and ears of the police, which give them more up to date information on suspicious activity on the estate.
What would I be asked to do as a member?
Be alert to suspicious activity or activity in your local area.
Report information to the NHW Co-Ordinator and in serious cases the Police immediately.
Look out for neighbours properties when they are away.
Adopt basic Crime Protection techniques.
What is the level of commitment being requested?
Limited – you will receive occasional emails from the NHW Co-Ordinator and do the above. Meet, perhaps, once per month for a short meeting to share information with other members
What is the benefit to you?
A NHW scheme will make your estate safer and make the work of the Police more effective. This gives you and your family a greater sense of security and wellbeing. You will also get to know some of your neighbours, make friends and build up a sense of community within the estate which will have benefits well beyond the scheme.
What do HRRA want you do if you want to get involved?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest and indicating which street, block you live on. Speak to your neighbours to see if they would be interested in joining in. We aim to get representatives on each part of the estate, so that there is reasonable coverage of it. We will contact the local Neighbourhood Police Liaison officer and arrange a meeting when he/she will attend in the next week or two.
How to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
- Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (westyorkshire.police.uk/npt) to find out who your local Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer is, who can provide advice and assistance on setting up a scheme.
- Speak to your neighbours and find out whether other neighbours are interested in forming a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme. Whilst there is no official restriction on the number of households in a scheme, a successful scheme will operate with between 5 and 10 households.
- Arrange a meeting, inviting all those who want to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch. This could be at a designated home, community centre or even the pub. The NHW Liaison Officer or Police representative will be present at this initial meeting in order to explain how Neighbourhood Watch operates.
- Select a Co-ordinator for the NHW scheme, who will act as a point of contact with the Police.
The Role of a Co-ordinator
In order for the scheme to be successful, it is important that the Co-ordinator is a motivated and enthusiastic individual, who will be willing to act as the main point of contact with the Police and other NHW members. Whilst this need not be an onerous or time-consuming role, the individual must be prepared to volunteer enough of his/her time to ensure the scheme is properly organised and relevant information is shared amongst scheme members. This may appear to be a lot of work, but sharing information could be done by something as simple as email. Obviously, it depends on the individual, but the role of the Co-ordinator can usually be completed in as little as half an hour per week.
Alternatively, the scheme may decide to appoint a Deputy Co-ordinator who shares the workload. The Co-ordinator / Deputy will need to:
- Act as main point of contact with the Police and the rest of the scheme
- Hold or host meetings
- Encourage other members to be vigilant and contact the Police to report any suspicious behaviour
- Pass information from the Police to other watch members
- Keep a check on vulnerable residents and those that are away from home
- Encourage Watch members to implement crime prevention methods around the home
The Role of a Neighbourhood Watch Member
- Be alert to any suspicious behaviour or activity in your local area
- Report information to the scheme Co-ordinator, and in serious cases to the Police
- Monitor peoples homes whilst they are away
- Implement basic crime prevention techniques
Support the scheme Co-ordinator in distributing information to the rest of the group