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PACT Initiative on Neighbourhood Watch

There was an excellent presentation on Neighbourhood Watch on March 18th 2010, arranged by PACT (Partners and Community Together). The aim was to explain how the system works, the benefits to individuals and the community and to recruit more co-ordinators; and particularly to dispel the notion that getting involved in NW is an onerous, time-consuming burden. It is in fact nothing more than being a good neighbour to people in your road or immediate vicinity – typically 10 – 20 households, as the Beginners Guide to Neighbourhood Watch and the leaflet on The Functions of a Co-ordinator point out. You will receive information about actual or suspicious events in the area and if you think they really might be of concern to your little group, you tell them. You can do this by email if you like, by word of mouth or by a note slipped through a door. Often, a member who has email can slip round and tell someone who hasn’t. It’s as easy as that!

All you need to know is also clearly described on an excellent web site:

This site gives many examples of the latest news on crimes in the area with timely warnings and advice.

The presentation also featured the benefits of SmartWater , a unique property marking system, costing just £20. See a full description and how to get it by clicking here.

The presentation on the 18th of March was merely a beginning. “We would have liked more people to attend” said Mrs Clee, Chairman of the Kempsey PACT group, ”but this was just a start. We think the benefits will be too many to ignore”.

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch continues to have an increasingly important role in the prevention and detection of burglaries, says South Worcestershire's top detective.

"Daily, 10,000-plus Neighbourhood Watch members play a key part in the fight against crime by watching over their own homes and those of their neighbours; this cannot be under-estimated in terms of both deterrent and detection," said Det. Ch, Insp. Graham Smith.

"While NW groups are generally considered as being mainly a deterrent, with their well-promoted and 'sign-posted' activities, members periodically provide us with early information based on their suspicions that lead to actual arrests and convictions.

Det. Ch. Inspector Smith was speaking following the Divisional launch yesterday (28th April) of Operation Protect', an initiative focusing on helping people protect their homes and property from hieves looking for easy targets.

The 'Operation Protect' initiative is part of a wider, long-running West Mercia Constabulary 'Safe & Secure' campaign aimed at increasing home security and reducing the fear of crime, as well as tackling anti-social behaviour and vehicle-related crime.

One of South Worcestershire's NW successes resulted in the arrest - involving a police pursuit - and conviction of a persistent burglar who was highly active in the southern part of the Division and the neighbouring northern section of Gloucestershire. This success came after a Beckford member recognised a vehicle identified in a NW bulletin.

Not as dramatic - and not a burglary - but almost equally close to home was the surveillance work of a St Johns, Worcester NW co-ordinator who identified and recorded on a street CCTV system an early hours' milk thief.

Adrian Symonds, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for South Worcestershire's 1,800-plus schemes, said: "NW brings together responsible members of local communities - in partnership with the police and other agencies - to reduce and deter crime.

"It is the co-operative effort of our Neighbourhood Watch members that is so mportant. Obviously our society cannot afford to have a police officer stationed on every street corner 24 hours a day. Consequently, much of the work done by police has to be responsive - they are not usually called until after the event.

"This is where Neighbourhood Watch comes in as members are usually in a better position than police to notice unusual activity. Even the Local Policing Officer is unlikely to spot the stranger in the street, but local people will, especially in one of the more active and established NW areas."

While police gratefully respond to the flow of information from NW members, there is an equally important conduit where members receive key messages from the police via local co-ordinators, primarily to: jog people's memories and appealing for witnesses let everyone know that it is advisable to review security and remain vigilant.

Mr Symonds said that, increasingly, Neighbourhood Watch is also undertaking 'crime reduction' measures, such as holding property-marking events – for members and non-members - when crime reduction advice is also distributed. In this way, NW further tends to avert crimes - greatly adding to the effectiveness of the police and the organisation.

"The SmartWater identification and marking system is a prime example of this. While the district NW associations are undertaking the sales/money handling, the street schemes are, in many cases, canvassing their members; to see if they would like to buy it.

"Since the Wychavon and Malvern Hills schemes began in the middle of last year and the Worcester scheme was launched in January 2009, 2,000 packs have been sold."

If you are interested in starting a Neighbourhood Watch scheme please contact Adrian Symonds (the Police Neighbourhood Watch Administrator for South Worcestershire), telephone 01905 331046 or email

For information on neighbourhood watch alerts, got to this page.

One of the things that emerged from the recent presentation by Malvern Hills District Council.

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