Welcome to Issue 86 of the LNWA Newsletter – produced to maintain your contact 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, http://www.lnwa.net
NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)
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In October 2013, the Government published its Serious and Organised Crime Strategy with the aim to reduce substantially the level of serious and organised crime affecting the UK. The Bill will build on current law to ensure the National Crime Agency, police and other law enforcement agencies have the powers they need effectively and relentlessly to pursue, disrupt and bring to justice serious and organised criminals. A number of overarching documents have been published in line with the Serious & Organised Crime Bill including a useful Fact Sheet which gives details of key provisions within the Bill and which can be downloaded from the OurWatch website at:
NHWN Sponsor, Master Locksmith’s Association now have “county” based searches to help find lists of MLA members in a given county/area. To find MLA approved Locksmiths in London go to:
As you know, NHWN produces a Stay Safe booklet that can be downloaded from the Ourwatch website at:
A person, claiming to be from South Yorkshire Police, is contacting businesses and organisations saying he produces a publication “Stay Safe Magazine” that is delivered to all police stations across the UK. A website (www.staysafemagazine.co.uk) exists but the caller refers people to the OurWatch website and the NHWN Stay Safe publication to validate claims regarding reach and distribution. NHWN believes this is a scam, as it does not sell space in its Stay Safe booklet and does not believe this publication actually exists. If you are contacted and not sure what to do, feel free to ring the NHWN office on 0116 229 3118.
HER MAJESTY’S INSPECTORATE OF CONSTABULARY (HMIC)
HMIC has launched a new, on-line police force assessment tool aimed at giving the public information on how their force is performing in 3 important areas. This approach is called the PEEL assessments, meaning “Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy” and the 3 areas are broken down as follows:
- Effectiveness: How a police force cuts crime, protects the vulnerable, tackles anti-social behaviour and deals with emergencies and other calls for service;
- Efficiency: How a police force provides value for money;
- Legitimacy: provides a service that is fair and treats people properly
For London, you can only view how the 2 forces, City of London and Metropolitan, are faring (and, as yet, the City can only be accessed via the menu, not the map), not at Borough level, at: www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/
The Home Office is reminding the public to dial 101 to call the police when it’s not appropriate to call 999. A campaign, including radio and on-line advertising, is being launched to raise awareness of 101 and explain when to use the service. More than three quarters of 999 calls to the police are for non-emergencies, people reporting a vehicle stolen, criminal damage to property etc. With police forces receiving ever-higher volumes of non-emergency calls, the public is being reminded they should call 101 if it’s not an emergency.
101 is an easy-to-remember number to call the police from anywhere in the UK. Calling the right number allows the police to respond more quickly to genuine emergencies such as when someone is in immediate danger, a crime is happening or a suspect for a crime is nearby. 101 covers all UK Police Forces and replaced individual Force local numbers. Dialling 101 costs 15P no matter when or how long the call. This is cheaper than some of the local numbers it replaced and the fixed rate means you know exactly how much the call will cost but, of course, it doesn’t seem to have occurred to the Home Office that, if the call was free, 101 might be more popular.
Crimestoppers is launching a UK-wide campaign to help tackle drink-driving in the run up to Christmas. The campaign focuses on those persistently driving whilst drunk rather than one-offs but, of course, Crimestoppers will also take that information. The main thrust is to encourage those who know regular drink drivers to inform on them anonymously. With sensitivities around drink-driving, where people see friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours driving whilst drunk, but are concerned they may be identified, Crimestoppers is ideally placed to help. Drink-driving is the second most reported crime to Crimestoppers so is clearly a concern. The MPS and City of London Police support this campaign that is not designed to duplicate or replace any other partner’s activity. Partners often focus on prevention/education/enforcement whilst Crimestoppers is a call to action for those who won’t engage with the authorities to give information on drink-drivers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or via the website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
If you would like some A4 posters to display in your area, please e-mail your details and LNWA will pass the information to Crimestoppers for dispatch.
That’s it for this month. As usual, on behalf of LNWA, thank you for your work and support.