Your Village Needs You!
David James has been acting as Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Monxton for almost eight years and is now looking to recruit a successor.
Neighbourhood Watch (NW) is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK – one in seven homes across the country is a member of a scheme and they work with each other and the Police to reduce crime and the fear of crime in their community.
In Hampshire we have over 4,500 schemes covering about 150,000 homes. In a time of cuts the Police cannot deal with all the problems and issues arising from crime and antisocial behaviour alone. They need the help of the whole Community. NW provides a way for local people to play an important part in addressing this balance and making their communities safer.
The role of the Coordinator involves the need to:
- Keep contact details of scheme members and ensure this is passed to subsequent coordinators.
- Welcome new residents, explain NW and encourage them to join.
- Have a system that allows information to be distributed quickly to your members – i.e. warnings about crimes, incidents or scams. This is currently done via Monxton Matters.
- Encourage members to report to the Police any criminal or suspicious activity in the area. They should also tell the coordinator, so a warning can be passed on to the neighbours if necessary.
- Encourage neighbours to get to know each other.
- Identify your vulnerable neighbours – keep in touch with them.
- Help neighbours by signposting relevant information.
- Support local crime and safety initiatives.
Anyone interested in taking on this important role should contact David for more information on 01264 710049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional training and advice will be made available through Hampshire & IoW Neighbourhood Watch Association.