Neighbourhood Watch Office,
Ashford Police Station,
Do you wish to join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your local area? – if so please read on and contact your local Neighbourhood Watch Office on the number or email above.
There is no commitment other than to receive information messages from your scheme Co-ordinator from Kent Police via email and to stay vigilant to protect your local community.
There is easy access to Kent Police via your Co-ordinator who will ensure that any information received is dealt with confidentially. Neighbourhood Watch is free to join and you will receive stickers and literature together with a Neighbourhood Watch sign for your road or street.
What is Neighbourhood Watch?
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is the largest voluntary crime prevention organisation in the country; Kent alone has over 4000 schemes. NHW has been successfully operating in Kent since 1991 and is a recognised and successful crime-fighting initiative. NHW is a partnership where like-minded people come together to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and increase community cohesion. It involves the Police, Community Safety departments of local authorities, other voluntary organisations and, above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live.
It is important that the Police and the community work in partnership to prevent and detect crime. The aim is to help communities protect themselves and their homes, reduce the fear of crime and improve their local environment. Essentially it is about neighbours looking out for one another.
The Police support each NHW scheme by appointing a full time member of staff – a Volunteers & Watch Liaison Officer, who will offer assistance and give out regular crime information.
This information is issued only to scheme Co-ordinators, or any other designated person within the scheme.
This can then be forwarded on to all members of that scheme. In turn, members are asked to pass any information they have back to the Police. This will help the Police gather intelligence, which is crucial in protecting your area.
The success of a scheme depends on the time and effort put in by local people and their willingness to get involved. The benefits include residents getting to know and helping to protect each other, particularly the more vulnerable in their communities.
All members of a scheme can take steps to help prevent crime, improve safety and thus reduce the fear of crime.
Active NHW schemes can therefore:
- Reduce crime and the opportunities for crime
- Help and reassure those who live in fear of crime
- Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
- Help improve the local environment
Some insurance companies offer discounts on their home insurance contents if you belong to an active NHW scheme.
The main crime areas that are reported to NHW are:
- Burglary (of houses, garages, sheds, etc.) – informing residents of local burglaries quickly and giving crime prevention advice.
- Bogus callers and Distraction Burglary – helping elderly and vulnerable members protect themselves. Distraction burglary/artifice is where the offenders trick or dupe the occupant or distract them, allowing the other person they are working with to gain access to the property and commit burglary. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to distraction burglary.
- Vehicle Crime – warning members about leaving property on show in their cars etc.
Please call or email your local Neighbourhood Watch Office in order to join a scheme in your area.
Office Telephone – 01233 896151