Are you concerned about crime, vandalism or anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood and if so do you want to do something positive about it?
There is a way you can make a real contribution to cutting crime. Neighbourhood Watch Groups have proved to be effective by assisting the police in providing essential local knowledge. The police don't have the manpower to be everywhere at once and they badly need the help of the public. This can best be channelled through the N.W. organization.
Groups work best when they operate within a defined community, which can consist of a whole village, a street or a housing estate. Each group needs a coordinator and the more members it has the more effective it will be. The key to success is good communication, so that each member is quickly made aware of any local problem whether by telephone, e-mail, or by personal contact.
Communication with the police is two-way. Groups receive information, by voicemail, e-mail, or by the police website E-Cops. The East Cambs Neighbourhood Watch Association has this website where much upto date information is available.
While any more urgent crime reporting should be made to the police central control by dialing 101 (999 in emergency), there are many other less urgent but nevertheless important pieces of information, that would help the police at Ely to form a picture of what is going on locally. They badly need this information.
Co-ordinators have good links with Ely police who encourage and support the groups. We also have regular meetings for members within the East Cambs Police Sector and these are usually attended by officers of Ely police.
Working together as a group helps to make your community a safer and friendlier place to live.
As a group you have a stronger voice
Tackling specific local problems is easier as a group
A group can identify and support the more vulnerable members of their community together
Pooling of local knowledge to improve community safety benefits everyone.
Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organization in the UK.
We are not busybodies but we do keep our eyes and ears open for anything unusual or suspicious.
Remember, apathy among the public is the greatest aid to the criminal.
It may be that you have been involved in NW the past but your local group has bcome inactive owing to lack of support.
So what do I do if I want to join, set up or restart a local Neighbourhood Watch Group?
Initially you can contact one of the persons listed on the opening page of this website. He will be able to advise you and provide literature to get you started.
You can also get advice from your local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer)
To make a bigger impact on fighting crime more people need to become involved. How about you?