Issue 77

Welcome to Issue 77 of the LNWA Newsletter – produced to maintain your contact with us and e-mailed to all 32 Boroughs plus the City.  Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) are regularly updated so, if you are receiving this for the first time, it’s because you are identified as the Neighbourhood Watch Contact for your Borough.  LNWA is anxious information reaches the grassroots so please ensure everyone in a Watch in your Borough is encouraged to read this Newsletter which is also accessible via our website, www.lnwa.net

NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)

If you haven’t signed up to receive a copy direct to your Inbox, the latest NHWN newsletter is available at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/our_news_january_2014/

NHWN has published a comprehensive collection of crime prevention and safety advice.  Download a copy at:

www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/our_guide_to_crime_prevention_safety_advice

At present, it is only available in electronic format; however, NHWN is looking into ways of producing it in hard copy (e.g. securing a sponsor) and will update us with further details if hard copies become available.  If your Association or local group wishes to have your own copies professionally printed in the meantime, NHWN will be happy to send you a print-ready, high-resolution file – just email: “enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk”.

Meanwhile, did you know you may make donations to NHWN via your on-line shopping?  You could be raising money with every purchase.  Over 2,700 well known retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a small percentage of what you spend to NHWN.  It’s a simple process, all you have to do is:

* Register at “www.easyfundraising.org.uk”;

* When asked to choose your cause, select Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales);

* Start shopping!

There’s also an ‘Easy fundraising toolbar’ you can install that lets you know when you’re on the website of a participating retailer, so with just one click you can choose to donate and carry on shopping as normal.  There are no intrusive adverts and it doesn’t cost you anything extra on top of your shopping.

In the light of recent and on-going flooding in England and Wales, NHWN is keen to hear any ‘good news stories’ about how neighbours have been helping each other out during these extreme conditions.  Neighbourhood Watch plays a valuable part in community resilience and your stories can help provide evidence at a national level about all the support you and your neighbours provide to each other informally.  If you have any stories you would like to share connected with the flooding and how neighbours have helped each other out in your area, please send them to “Catherine.Dunn@ourwatch.org.uk” by Tuesday, 25 February.

Finally, a reminder that the annual National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Awards are  to take place on Friday 20 June as part of National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week (14-22 June).  You are encouraged to nominate schemes and members, to a maximum of two awards per nominee, from a list of ten categories but self-nominations will also be accepted.  For more information about the categories and criteria, and an application form, go to:

www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/applications_open_national_neighbourhood_and_home_watch_awards_2014/

All applications should be e-mailed to ‘enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk’ or mailed to: NHWN, Beaumont Enterprise Centre, 72 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1HB by 17:00 on Friday, 28 March.  National finalists (winners and runners-up) will be invited to the Awards Ceremony event on 20 June in Central London (travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with the NHWN expenses policy).  Read about last year’s award winners here:

www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/national_neighbourhood_and_home_watch_award_winners_announced/

SCAM

Please be aware of a scam attempted on one of our colleagues recently.

Without your knowledge, an account is opened in your name at the “Jacamo” website and an order placed for goods.  The next day, a parcel is delivered to your home.  Your reaction is to call the company, deny all knowledge of the order and arrange for it to be returned.  There are various ways of doing this but, later the same day, someone arrives at your home to collect the parcel but the caller is an imposter and will suggest he or she takes the erroneous delivery from you.  This is the last you see of the package but you will still be “billed” for the purchase.  I haven’t checked this but, according to my source, all it takes to open an account at Jacamo is a date of birth, name and address.  Goods are invoiced after dispatch.  Please ensure that, if a courier calls to collect an unwanted parcel, he or she is a legitimate representative of the company.

STREET LIGHTING SURVEY

In Issue #73, I asked for your help in completing a survey on Street Lighting.  The results are now available at:

www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/nhwn_suzy_lamplugh_trust_perceptions_of_safety_report/

That’s it for this month.  As usual, on behalf of LNWA, thank you for your work and support.

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