Neighbourhood Watch is recognised nationally as one of the most effective voluntary
organisations and a good example of police and communities working together to reduce
crime and the fear of crime; building safer communities to improve the quality of
life. Please visit the national website on www.ourwatch.org.uk for full details,
advice and current news.
Your local police service builds on this national profile by actively supporting
the spread of local Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Members of each scheme are encouraged
to pass on useful information to the police; in doing so they help to reduce crime
and the fear of crime by keeping an eye on each other's properties, sharing crime
prevention advice and building a two-way communication with the police.
You can feel secure knowing that you and your neighbours are always keeping an eye
on each other's property; insurance companies sometimes offer lower premiums for
being a member.
Becoming involved in Neighbourhood Watch
If you are interested in starting a Neighbourhood Watch, the local field officer
for your area will be able to provide you with the necessary help to start a scheme.
As every scheme will vary in size and location, the co-ordinators and members will
determine how it will best operate to achieve its local aims.
Regular communication is achieved through the Watchword system in addition to regular
e-mails, along with access to comprehensive information and literature published
by the national Neighbourhood Watch association, the Home Office and Gloucestershire
Communications via Watchword
Watchword is the name given to the automatic messaging-system that is used by Gloucestershire
Police to relay information to coordinators of Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
Watchword messages may relate to specific local incidents, give out crime reduction
information of a more general nature, or give advance notification of meetings or
other events of likely interest.
The messages originate from trained neighbourhood officers, members or from other
trained staff and are sent by email and/or telephone.
Neighbourhood Watch coordinators are requested to promptly disseminate relevant messages
to their scheme members by the most effective means.
We all want to feel safe and secure in our own homes and want to avoid an unwelcome
visit from a burglar at all costs.
Home security covers a number of different areas, but this guide outlines a few simple
steps that might help to protect your home and deter would-be thieves.
shut and lock windows and doors when you are out
make your house look occupied using lights and radios on a timer and outside lighting
shut and lock your side gate
plant prickly plants in your garden
secure sheds and garages
install a good burglar alarm
leave valuables on display
leave your car keys so that they are visible or reachable from the door or window
hide keys under your doormat or in plant pots
forget to lock away and secure valuable items or tools that can be used to break
park your wheelie bin by your side gate as it provides a handy step!
put empty boxes for expensive items by your bin as these advertise what's inside
(Note from the editor: If you would like to see some police statistics on crime rates
in Woolaston for this year as compared with last year, there is a downloadable .pdf