Welcome to Issue 91 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 SPOC for your Borough. LNWA is anxious information reaches the grassroots so please ensure every Watch member in your Borough is encouraged to read this Newsletter which is accessible with all hyperlinks active via our website, http://www.lnwa.net
NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)
During the past 6 months, volunteers came together in a series of workshops hosted by NHWN, to discuss their ambitions for the future of the movement for the next 5 years. Growth in membership, reducing the number of victims of crime/anti-social behaviour and a new image are all on the cards. Aspirations included making the benefits of joining clearer and better than ever before plus expanding schemes into neighbourhoods that previously have been difficult to engage. Discussion on bringing virtual and physical communities together was also highlighted with plans to enhance the existing on-line scheme search and database. New and emerging crimes were raised as a priority, seeing a marked change from the stereotyped perception that Neighbourhood Watch just tackles domestic burglary. Keeping safe online, rural crime and community resilience were all flagged as new areas of growth.
NHWN has now released its 5-year strategy, supported by the Home Office, National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and Police & Crime Commissioners. Jim Maddan OBE, chairman said:
‘It gives me great pleasure to launch the new 5-year strategy for NHWN. We’ve come a long way since our first such document in 2010 and, although there have been one or two hiccups along the way, our primary objectives have been met. We could never have predicted the exponential rise in the use of new technologies and social media. We’ve had to adapt and change along the way. It’s an exciting time, we’ve grasped the opportunities with both hands and look forward with enthusiasm and vigour to the years ahead’.
DCC Michael Banks, NPCC lead for Citizens in Policing said in support of the movement:
‘NHWN is a first class organisation and a great example of citizens involved in social action to protect their own communities. As a police service we’re proud to be associated with NHWN and our respective organisations will continue to support each other to broaden and deepen the involvement of our citizens in such a noble cause’
The Strategic Plan can be found at:
THE CRIME PREVENTION WEBSITE
The Crime Prevention Website (http://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com) is the largest and most comprehensive resource for free Crime Prevention and Home Security advice online. Written by Calvin Beckford, a retired Metropolitan police officer, security consultant and author with many years of crime prevention experience; this website is an excellent resource. The site is linked to the LNWA and several other Borough websites. Working with LNWA, Calvin is seeking to link with other Neighbourhood Watch websites. If you would like to link your website with The Crime Prevention Website, go to:
The site is currently advertising the only automatic light switch timer to fit over an existing wall light switch, without the need for any wiring. Check it at:
IT HELPDESKS DO NOT CALL YOU!
A Coordinator received a call from an IT Helpdesk that claimed it covered Windows, Linux and Apple computers. The caller was adamant he was not calling about her bank account but wanted to help clean her computer and check for any viruses or bad files installed to prevent hackers accessing personal details. Sound familiar? It’s a scam, of course, such people are after passwords, bank details and contacts or will, perhaps, install something on your computer, which they will “find” and then charge to remove. IT helpdesks at genuine companies DO NOT call you. If you believe that you have an IT problem with your PC, contact the supplier of your operating system or use a local, reputable repair service.
A year ago, Crimestoppers ran a survey on “What crimes matter to you?” To see how the results helped shape Crimestoppers 5-year strategy, go to:
BURGLAR BILL, TELLING US HOW IT IS
There’s a great, Metropolitan Police video, filmed in Havering, currently available to view on the Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Association website at:
That’s it for this month. As usual, LNWA thanks you for your work and support.