Setting up and Running a NW Scheme.
If you think you might be interested in joining NW, click on “CONTACT US” on the Main Menu. When you contact us we will supply the contact details of your local NW Area Coordinator(s) who will be able to brief you on the role of a Street Coordinator and whether there are any groups near to you which you could join or whether it would be more appropriate for you to set up your own group in your own immediate neighbourhood.
If you wish, you can preview this for yourself. Go to our web-site Home Page where you’ll see – To Find Your Local NW Scheme : Click Here and then Enter Your Post Code . When you insert your postcode a list of schemes in your area will be displayed. Our county policy is to network with schemes that are both police and NW approved. These are shown with a black/yellow dot. With this knowledge you can then talk to your neighbours to gauge interest (just one or two may be appropriate to start with) and then be ready to discuss the next steps further with your NW Area Coordinator.
REGISTRATION OF YOUR STREET SCHEME
After you have alerted us on Contact Us stating your wish to proceed to start up a NW Scheme in you street, your Area NW Coordinator will then assist you to get you and your scheme registered on the police Neighbourhood Alert database. All Cambs NW coordinators have to be verified as accepted both by the police and by their local Area Coordinator before they can receive police Neighbourhood Alert messaging.
When you are happy to proceed your NW Area Coordinator will get you to register and get approved as a NW Scheme Coordinator. You can start this process yourself by :-
- Log on to the Ourwatch site
- Map out your scheme boundaries.
- Complete our Registration Form Coordinator Registration and Data Consent Form ( June 2019). Forward this form to your NW Area Coordinator who will then seek police clearance of your registration.
He / she will then provide any advice and information you will need to get you started. Whether you attract interest from a lot of households or only a few, you should be able to set up an effective group. Neighbourhood Watch groups often start small and then grow as local residents see what they’re about and want to get involved. All it takes is for a few energetic people to set the ball rolling.
LAUNCHING A NEW NW STREET SCHEME
This is in fact exceptionally easy. Firstly you need to contact your neighbours : –
- Point out the usefulness and advantages of joining NW. We can supply you with access to “fliers” and pamphlets to assist in this dialogue. Obviously, it is free and it assists the police in the prevention and resolution of crime. It usually earns members of the scheme a significant reduction in their household insurance premiums; since as members of a NHW Scheme they are less likely to be subject to crime incidents. You can then obtain their agreement to form a group to support each other.
- Establish a list of names, addresses, tel nos, and email addresses (if applicable) to form your group. Most NW communications are by email, all are blind carbon copied (Bcc) to protect personal data.
- Later you may wish to hold a meeting in order to get to know one another and all about the scheme set-up. This is not essential as most members communicate by email. We can supply you with various guidance on NW recommended straightforward ‘Do’s and Don’ts on Distraction Burglary, Rogue Traders and Scams etc and of course access to NW Membership window stickers which inform persons in the area that there is NW Scheme in that street. This is reinforced by NW street signs which we can provide. These can be located on a lamp-post near your Group (they are not essential but can be purchased (two versions) for £12 and £14 each – almost certainly recouped every year on a single resident’s discount on their property insurance premium.
- The most useful service you can offer your neighbours is to ensure they are entirely clear on “How to Call for Police Assistance” in different situations, both Emergency and Non-Emergency. Having to hand an easy reference to the standard phone nos. on which to call the police for assistance is invaluable to each household. A useful vehicle is to publish these perhaps in a regular village / parish Newsletter.
Why not get started now? Click on Contact Us and we’ll get you in touch with your Area Coordinator to familiarise with your first steps to get going.
Want to know more ?
Click Here for the NW Coordinators’ Handbook.
Click Here for advice on “How to Stay Safe”
SETTING UP A VILLAGE OR NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP OF NW SCHEMES Experience is showing that the most effective method of crime prevention is where a group of schemes join together in order to establish a whole community that seeks to prevent crime. The Coordinators work together to share data; encourage participation; develop engagement channels; to liaise as a whole with the police.
It is easy to set up a village group, even if you are starting on your own. We advise that you make contact with your Parish or Town council or similar community group to gain their interest and support. You can then work with their local knowledge to identify persons who are already involved in the community and those deemed suitable for Coordinator roles. They can then be approached. The Group then grows. In order to kick start development, it is good to hold a neighbourhood meeting if you can. At the head of any such Group/ Village Scheme is a Village or Group Coordinator. They initially drive the project forward and then keep a watching brief once it is established.
Village/ Group Coordinators’ Role
They can act, if necessary, as a Principal Point of Contact for the police over a wider local area and a collection of NW Street Schemes and they take an overall view as to crime, anticipation of and prevention of crime over this area in order to collate local issues, promote NHW by way of local publicity to the Parish Council and close liaison with Neighbourhood Police. In this way NW Area / Group Coordinators endeavour to raise general local awareness of crime prevention measures.
Within their community they seek to recruit new Coordinators, encourage and advise existing Coordinators, maintain an effective database of Coordinator and agency contact details, signpost Coordinators and members, when applicable, to appropriate agencies.
This is an interesting and stimulating role and much satisfaction can be gained from seeing a community working together. It has been proved that this does keep crime down.
Why not get started right away ?