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 Wivenhoe Neighbourhood  Watch    

Now also on Facebook 

This section provides details about Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Watch and what they are doing for residents of Wivenhoe.   

WIVENHOE REMAINS ONE OF THE SAFEST TOWNS IN THE UK

 Working together we can make Wivenhoe even more safe, free from crime and the fear of crime.

 

Note: The Neighbourhood Watch Group meets at 7.30pm in the Wivenhoe Council Chamber.  See the NW Facebook page for details of the next meeting.

Note that the Wivenhoe NAP has now been combined with the Neighbourhood Watch Group and the combined group meets as indicated above.

  • Click here for advice about security on the allotments (and garden tools at home)
  • Click here for the Advice Page with other safety tips 

Advice: 

Half of car crime takes place outside houses of the owners. Many expensive cars are left on driveways - to assist the criminal keys are left in the ignition or are easily available in the home. 

Car crime is an increasing global problem - if going on holiday without the car, leave the keys in a secure place, out of view. Many expensive cars are stolen to order and shipped abroad. Satellite systems are available that can track your vehicle often assisting in recovery of stolen vehicles.

Not only keep an eye on your neighbour's house, but also his car.

Warning - Colchester has experienced a number of car thefts. Don't let it happen to you -- remember continue to keep Wivenhoe safe by staying alert. 

OBJECTIVES

  • Providing a safer community by reducing crime, antisocial behaviour and the fear of crime. Thereby improving the quality of life for the law abiding Wivenhoe community.

  • Conducting and publishing an audit of local crime and disorder problems.  (Disorder includes rowdy and threatening behaviour in public places. It also includes ‘quality of life issues’ such as ‘littering’)

  • Included in the audits, is the prevention of ‘repeat victimization’ Repeat victimization ruins people’s lives. It is therefore part of the aims to provide advice and support.  These aims are to improve the quality of life for victims and by reducing the fear of crime and crime itself.

  • Determining the priorities for action.

  • Devising a strategy that tackles these priority problems, with clear objectives and targets for action.

  • Monitoring progress and fine-tuning the strategy.

  • Working together to protect each other from crime and antisocial behaviour.

  • Acting on anything happening within the community that could cause worry or concern. 

  • Taking action to improve the environment by getting things done about matters such as vandalism, graffiti, poor lighting and lack of social amenities.

  • Developing good citizenship through voluntary action and support.

  • To increase citizen's perception of personal safety.

  • Promoting interaction among citizens by talking to neighbours about crime prevention.

  • Using the Wivenhoe community as a force in social control in bringing about safer communities.

  • Addressing community concerns by having face-to-face meetings with more than just community leaders. This enables the Group to set priorities to pursue first to help people to gain a sense of personal control, and then challenging the community into accepting its share of responsibilities for reducing crime and disorder. These challenges in working together as a group in efforts go far beyond Neighbourhood Watch.

  • Building strong communities means reducing the number of places where crime can find a foothold and flourish.

  • Solving the problem of juvenile deviance is important because juveniles commit the majority of the crimes and require that the system help those who stray to find their way back into the mainstream culture.

BENEFITS IN JOINING THE WIVENHOE COMMUNITY SAFETY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH GROUP

  • Improving the quality of life.

  • Closer relationship with the local police.

  • Cheaper insurance for the Home, vehicles and other areas of insurance. There are a number of Insurance Companies and brokers that give a discount. One such broker is T.R.YOUNGS, 3 East Street, Colchester.  01206 791550

  • Free property marking for cycles, pushchairs, tools and other valuables.

  • Use of Digital Camera to photograph valuable and sentimental items.

  • Free security surveys of property, home and business obtainable from the Crime Reduction Officer Colchester for all members of the community.

PREVENTING CRIME

Sport engages both young people and adults in positive activities and increases and strengthens community involvement and relations. Ultimately, without any doubt, significantly contributes in the reduction of crime and fear of crime. A great deal of work has already been done in this area, however there are other sporting activities under consideration to interest those who are not engaged in the present available sporting facilities.

Preventing children being victimised by other children, being drawn into crime by peer pressure and as a response to fear of intimidation and the threat of violence. (This in turn has enormous implications in the reporting of crime by children, however headway has been made in treating in confidence these concerns resulting in meetings with parents and the children concerned resulting in successful conclusions)

A great deal has already been done in respect of bullying by children to children including bullying at schools. (This has resulted in the publication of a paper on these serious issues. This paper also includes research into other areas) The Wivenhoe Community Safety N.W. Group will be building closer relationships with schools and other agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour, bullying, violence and intimidation.

WALKING DOGS

A number of people regularly walk their dogs and keep an eye out for anything that is suspicious as part of their routine. Together with others this assist in providing a safer community.

BOGUS CALLERS

BEWARE THE BOGUS CALLERS.

  • KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE
  • WHO IS IT?
  • BE SURE TO ASK
  • USE THE DOOR CHAIN
  • CHECK, READ, IDENTITY CARDS.
  • DON’T ALLOW STRANGERS IN.
  • REMEMBER IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT.
  • IF YOU ARE SUSPICIOUS DIAL 999.

Bogus callers will use various excuses to try and obtain entry to your house. They may work in pairs or groups to distract the resident so they can steal items such as cash, credit cards and jewellery.

Always keep your back door locked.

If you are unsure who the person is, request they make an appointment when you will have another person there. (Usually, Water, Electricity, Gas plus local authority staff make appointments to visit.)

If you cannot afford a door chain to be fitted, please contact your local Community Safety Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, or Ken Rogers (tel: 824813) who will arrange for someone to come round and see you. 

CONSULTATION

The Wivenhoe Community Safety Neighbourhood Watch Committee appreciates the importance of Community Consultation, therefore has regular open meetings and day-to-day contact with the Wivenhoe Community.

POLICE

The Wivenhoe Community Safety Neighbourhood Watch Group works in partnership with the police, your Town Council and other agencies.

For details of Wivenhoe's Community Police and contact details, click here

Click here for a profile on Ken Rogers, previously Chairman of the Wivenhoe NW. 

Acting Chairman: Karl Douzier - Tel: 823164
Secretarial and distribution:
  Linda Rutledge, e-mail: secretary.wivenhoe.csnw@sky.com
  

PROPERTY MARKING
Mr and Mrs Hatch. Tel No. 823135. 

We welcome members of the Wivenhoe Community to join our successful group, in particular those on e-mail to enable us to circulate matters of interest and of benefit in providing an even safer Wivenhoe.


WIVENHOE REMAINS ONE OF THE SAFEST TOWNS IN THE UK 

Working together we can make Wivenhoe even more safe, free from crime and the fear of crime.

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Click here for the Wivenhoe Community Safety home page for information how to contact our local police, latest crime figures and much more infomation
 

Last updated:
27 May 2016

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