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Welcome to Issue 93 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)
Don’t forget, National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week runs from 20 – 28 June and this year’s theme is phone scams. Financial Fraud Action UK is supporting this year’s campaign and has assisted in producing a pack of electronic materials. FFA UK will also be bringing its considerable influence to bear on national promotion for the Week via press and the media. Neighbourhood Watch coordinators are asked to speak to 3 people – friends, relatives or neighbours – during the Week to raise awareness of the dangers of phone scams / fraud and the measures people can take to protect themselves. Please help promote the message to coordinators, the general public, local press and the media.
More information can be found at the OurWatch website:
BEXLEY BOROUGH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION (BBNWA)
BBNWA, working with Bexley Police, have made history by being the first London Borough to achieve 2 Wards with 100% coverage of Neighbourhood Watch. In January 2015, BBNWA announced that St. Michael’s Ward in Welling had 100% coverage and now are pleased to confirm the neighbouring Ward of East Wickham can also boast full cover. Every street in these Wards now has, at least, one registered Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator. BBNWA are now looking to see if the crime statistics in East Wickham fall to the low levels of St. Michael’s where there has been zero domestic burglary since 100% cover was announced.
This is all due to the hard work of the Police teams and Neighbourhood Watch office staff in ensuring all new members are registered, are fully aware of what they need to do, have their Street Signs put up and receive their introduction letters. Well done, Bexley!
Dog Lost offers advice and assistance in searching for missing dogs and has a website advertising lost dogs. Lost dogs are entered onto a forum that allows posts/replies to be added from members with information that may help reunite dog and owner. Dog Lost can help with press releases and provide numbers of local press and radio stations. Dog Lost will speak to the press to furnish them with facts, figures and contact names. Dog Lost will create a “missing dog” poster that can be printed or emailed to a friend direct from the website. On a number of occasions, publicity given to a lost / stolen dog makes it ‘too hot to handle’ and thieves either return the dog claiming to have found it if there is a reward offered, or dump it allowing a legitimate finder to help reunite dog and owner.
Dog Lost claims to be the UK’s largest, free, lost and found dog service and is supported by Essex Police. Kent Police, among others, are also partners. For more information, go to: http://www.doglost.co.uk/
That’s it for this month. As usual, LNWA thanks you for your work and support.