BROMLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH WEB SITE
A new web site
for Bromley Neighbourhood Watch was launched as part of an event at Bromley
Councils Civic Centre on Thursday, 5 July to replace this temporary
web site. The new site is the result of a competition for Bromley College
students who were tasked to design the web site and the winning site was
the result of collaboration between two students, Thomas Newble and Tomasz
Whilst the design
is complete, work continues to complete this new web site. Click
here to accrss the new site.
Documents & Links
Commander's Latest Newsletter
Safer Neighbourhoods Team
your mobile phone
Standards Rapid Response Team - Tel: 07903 852 090
UK Security at home etc
is Neighbourhood Watch?
The Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme in the
United Kingdom is a partnership where people come together to make their
communities safer. It involves the Police, Community Safety departments
of local authorities, other voluntary organisations and, above all,
individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better
places to live.
It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to
reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater
vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police
and by fostering a community spirit.
It relies on unpaid volnteers at all levels of the organisation and
is always looking for more volunteers to fill the many gaps, particularly
at local level. If you are interested in helping, please <more>
UK's first Neighbourhood Watch was set up in Mollington in Cheshire
in 1982 following the success of a similar scheme in Chicago in the
United States. Many more schemes followed throughout the UK, and 10
million people are now claimed to be members.
Bromley Neighbourhood Watch covers large parts of Bromley and has over
700 coordinators serving the local community.
Neighbourhood Watch objectives are;
- To help
prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating
and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime
by increasing crime prevention awareness.
- To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication
and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.
- To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about
risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly
amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.
- To improve police/community liaison by providing effective communications
through Neighbourhood Watch messaging systems which warn Co-coordinators
of local crime trends which they can disseminate to their scheme members,
and by members informing the police of incidents when they occur.
Watch & Home Watch schemes in 2012-13; Free Public Liability Insurance
has been undertaken to provide relevant cover for all schemes and Neighbourhood
and Home Watch (NHW) volunteers to carry out their roles without fear
of personal loss across England and Wales. The policy startED on the
1st April 2012 and will run until the 31st March 2013. Towergate Insurance
is the broker and Aviva is the insurer. <more>
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Out, Watch Out - PickPockets about - more details here
Area is being hit by burglars with one burglary every day in the BR5
and BR6 areas. Bromley
police urge householders to be aware of crime prevention measures you
can take to secure your property. If you see anything suspicious in
your neighbourhood inform the police.
1. PVC and aluminium doors should have multi-locking systems which must
be activated by lifting the handle and then locking with a key. It is
not secure if you only lift the handle.
2. Always engage your mortice lock on wooden doors. It is not secure
if you only activate a yale lock
3. Do not leave any windows open either on the ground or upper floors
4. Most burglars are looking for opportunities so lock gates to your
garden and do not leave garages or sheds open.
Fraud Telephone Scam
The UK Cards Association is advising customers to be aware of a new
variation on an old style scam that involves people being telephoned
by fraudsters and duped into handing over their debit or credit card,
and revealing their PIN.(Posted March 2012) Details
digital television switch over
soon. Please be aware of unscrupulous people trying to gain money from
residents. There is a digital television help scheme available to qualifying
residents. If residents qualify they will be sent a letter from Digital
UK explaining what can be done to help them. Official help can be sought
regarding the digital switch over and about the Help scheme by calling
08456 50 50 50 or by going to www.digitaluk.co.uk
Do not let people into your home if you are unsure who the person is,
and always check identification
Borough Commanders Newsletter:
Bromley Borough Commander Steph Roberts' newsletter for
June 2012 is now available, giving details of local crime initiatives
and criminal convictions. (Posted February 2012).Click
here for the newsletter.
Trading Standards Institute is warning of dangerous energy saving scams
targeting the elderly. They are urging consumers to be aware of rogue
telephone cold callers offering energy saving devices after receiving
hundreds of complaints.up and down the country. People are claiming
to be their energy supplier or working in partnership with them, offering
a plug in device which they say can save 40 per cent off their energy
bills. Trading Standards have had a number of the items tested which
not only failed to satisfy electrical safety standards but do not deliver
any tangible energy savings. (Posted
December 2011) <more>
Borough are still experiencing high demand for purse bells. In order
to get them out to the broadest audience possible they are delivering
200 purse bells to every charity shop in the borough by Saturday 17th
The idea of the purse bell is for one to be attached to a purse, wallet
or hand bag to draw attention should anyone try to interfere with it.
We particularly encourage vulnerable shoppers who may be targeted by
pick pockets (without alarming them) to use them.
There has been an increase in residential burglaries in Bromley. Thieves
are targeting properties with uPVC doors and police are urging residents
to pay extra attention to their home security. <more>
of Cars from Drives
Bromley police have asked us to draw attention to the rise in thefts
of cars from domestic drives. As has been widely reported in the press,
the preferred method has been by breaking into the house, or fishing
through the letter box, to steal car keys and drive the car away - seldom
to be recovered. Usually the keys taken include house keys so security
of the property is also at risk. See <more>
(Posted 13 October 2011)
of car number plates
A local coordinator has reported that "A neighbour told me this
morning that a number of cars in Foxgrove Road had their number plates
pulled off in the night. Number plates that were screwed on were not
taken. I haven't been able to verify this, except for one car, but thought
it might be useful to tell car owners to have their number plates screwed
on rather than glued. Also, to explain that their number plates could
be used on another car to appear as if it were their car for tax or
even to commit a crime.
(Posted 17 October 2011)
Most people have heard of the danger
of giving out personal details. A recent example of the danger is a
series of emails from a whole variety of banks, etc., in which you the
assumed customer are requested to verify your account details. Click
here for examples. Banks etc have assured us that they will never
request personal account details by email.
let strangers in:
Please warn your neighbours (particularly elderly ones
living alone) not to let strangers into their home.
A resident in Hillcrest Road, Orpington, recently had a very unpleasant
experience when a man followed her home from Orpington High Street and
as she went up her drive, he spoke to her saying he desperately needed
the toilet and could he borrow hers.
Being a nice kind person she said yes, but while he was in the house
he stole her purse.
She is understandably very shaken and upset and we would hate it to
happen to anyone else.
here for report
(Posted 1 Jul 2011)