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NEIGHBOURHOOD
WATCH SCHEME
 
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is about you and your neighbours, coming together to have a say in the issues that matter to you in your community.
We have been committed to supporting Neighbourhood Watch throughout our force since its introduction in 1982.
 
Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch
There are clear benefits to joining a Neighbourhood watch scheme for you and your local community:
  • It shows that members of a community are looking out for each other.
  • Keeps you up to date with what’s going on in your area.
  • Working closely with the police, helps to prevent and tackle crime.
  • You could save money on your home insurance.
Does this interest you? Would you like to set up a watch in your area?  If you have access to a computer and would be interested in running a new scheme, please email me at the following address; 

tracey.grobbeler@avonandsomerset.police.uk

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HOUSEHOLDERS are being called on to show
their community spirit by helping to refresh a
national home safety network.

www.neighbourhoodwatch.net

If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
 
 
Over the past couple of days there have been several reports of fraud occurring, predominantly in the North Somerset area but it is possible that this will occur in other parts of Somerset.

Essentially retired persons appear to be targeted with a phone call. The caller purports to be from the police and indicates there has been a problem with the use of their bank card. The caller asks the victim to call them back and gives a number. The end result of this is that a number of people have so far been conned out of several thousand pounds - each.

Police are investigating this matter however your assistance is also requested:
(a) to encourage anyone subject of such a matter in the last few days to contact the police immediately - using the 101 number.
(b) to encourage residents receiving an unsolicited call from someone alleging to be from the police to take care. If they ask you to call them back on a number please do not do so. The number for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary switchboard is 101 and this is the number that should be used if anyone is subject of this type of telephone call.
 
 
GENERAL - Around 20% of all car crimes occur in car parks. There is a scheme vetted by the Police to create a safer environment and this has a registered `Park Mark' accreditation. To find out where your nearest accredited car park is then go to www.parkmark.co.uk. Remember also to make sure that you do what you can to ensure your car is not vulnerable - make sure that windows are closed, doors are secure and that nothing is left on display in the vehicle. Contact Lindsey in the Watch Scheme Office (01823-363348 or lindsey.stone@avonandsomerset.police.uk) for aids to reducing crime.
 
 
This is a general warning message regarding
Bogus Callers/Rogue Traders

There has been an increase in some areas of Rogue Traders who call door to door trying to obtain work.  This can range from cutting hedges/trees through to replacing roof tiles.  Some of these callers are charging exorbitant amounts of money for minor work to be done and can also use `hard sell'  tactics at times.

Likewise this time of year often sees an increase in bogus callers trying to gain access to properties in order to commit crime (such as stealing items).

Again it is important to remind members not to let any stranger into the house. Genuine callers will carry identification and will be happy for it to be checked or for you to arrange a formal appointment for them to attend the property at a later time.

In either case if you have people calling that you are not expecting then you should:

LOCK keep front and back doors locked, even when you are home.
STOP before answering, look to see who the caller is either through a window or spyhole
CHAIN if you decide to open the door put the door chain or door bar on first.
CHECK if callers look official ask for an ID card and check it carefully.
REPORT if you think a caller is bogus, or a rogue trader, then call the police immediately either using the general number 101 or the emergency line 999.

Remember if you are "not sure - don't open the door".
 
For crime reduction leaflets about Bogus Callers please contact
Lindsey at the NHW office on 01823-363348

If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.

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If you have any information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101. Please remember to ask the call handler to mark, or tag, your call `NHW' (Neighbourhood Watch)
 NHW office 01823-363348
 
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