East Cambs NWA (5)
Neighbourhood Watch Groups
 What does a Coordinator Do? 
  • Identifies vulnerable people within the Scheme.

Note that the elderly are particularly vulnerable to distraction burglaries (bogus callers), and should receive the relevant advice and encouragement to take precautions.

  • Encourages the members of the Scheme to look out for each other.

Keep an eye open for strangers in places they shouldn’t be. It goes without saying that before you can recognise a stranger, you must be able to recognise your neighbours – obvious; but in today’s society we do not always know those who live just a few doors away from us!

  • Generally fosters a community spirit within the Scheme.

The day to day communications and activities within the Scheme tend to encourage the development of a community spirit. However, sometimes a little more effort is required.

  • Communicates with the neighbours.

The mere existence of a coordinator can add additional assurance to many neighbours. It is a comfort to know that someone is there, close by ready and willing to help.

  •  Receives information from the local police and passes the  relevant information to members of the watch.

     Information is received by phone, e-mail and leaflets.

    This is a two way traffic, and information is also passed back to the

    local police  and  others.

  •  Borrows marking equipment from the local chairman and lends it   to the members.

      The set includes engraving equipment for post coding

      items within the home and garden.

  • Advises his/her neighbours that the Scheme is established and that he/she is their coordinator and can be contacted.

Neighbours are provided with window stickers to show that they are within an established scheme.

Note that some householders are reluctant to call the police for minor problems (e.g. a young person spraying graffiti) but they are willing to contact the coordinator. It is often the supposedly minor offences, or antisocial behaviour, that causes particular distress within a neighbourhood.

  • Obtains signs from the chairman of the local Neighbourhood Watch to fix in prominent locations.
     One, or possibly more, street sign(s) is fixed to an appropriate lamp-post (see picture below). These notices, together with window stickers are a good  start,  they are  even more effective than “beware of the dog” signs.
 
 

                                                              

                                                     A typical street sign that for many years
                                                 has been effective in helping to deter crime
 
  • Registers his/her Scheme with the local police.

     A surprisingly simple form – nothing like a tax return!

          

  •      Contacts his/her neighbours and agrees that a Scheme needs to be  established.

  This is easy - who would disagree

  •  Attends meetings with other coordinators and the police.

The primary meetings are held once a quarter. At these meetings Ely Sector police pass on information on recent crime trends and aspects of security that may need special attention.

Neighbourhood Watch members raise matters which are of concern to their neighbourhoods.

And thus as a result of these meetings the coordinators are advised of matters that need their attention and the local police are able to obtain information which assists them with neighbourhood policing.