Neighbourhood Watch

Joining Neighbourhood Watch in our Parish costs nothing and puts you in contact with a network of people, all of whom are interested in communicating information about suspicious activity in the area.

You will have access to OWL, run by Staffordshire Police, which provides email or mobile phone messages to alert you of problems in the area.

Your area coordinator is:

Penny Howat
Phone: 01785 280311
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To subscribe, you will need to complete this form and return it to Penny.

As members, all that you are expected to do is:

  • Be a caring Neighbour
  • Be a little more security conscious and try to security mark your property
  • Display your Neighbourhood Watch stickers and cards
  • Report anything suspicious to the police IMMEDIATELY

By doing these things we can help to stem the flow of crime in our area.

Useful Telephone Numbers:

Call '999' when a crime is occurring or about to occur and for all highly suspicious incidents such as youths checking car doors

Call 101 for all non emergency matters. The call-handler will transfer you to the most appropriate person to deal with your enquiry

Call your Community Beat Officer 101 and quote the officers' collar number: PC Karl Green 4989, PCSO Ricky Hunt 16760, PC Victoria Ison 5359, PCSO Di Lutwyche 6499

Call Trading Standards Rapid Response Team on 07773-792-252

Call CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 0800- 555-111

Call the Neighbourhood Watch Team for support, guidance and advice: Ash Connor 01785-234129


HOW TO MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR THE CRIMINAL

Most criminals are opportunists, looking for an easy way to steal property. A few simple steps can make your property less attractive to the prospective thief.

Have You Done The Burglary Test?

How vulnerable is your home to the opportunist criminal?

To find out, put yourself in a burglar's shoes and think about how you would break into your own home. Remember, the burglar would want to avoid making excessive noise and obviously doesn't want to be seen!

Most burglars will look for an easy target – a house that appears empty with access to the back of the property, and some cover, for example bushes or fences.

Here are a few more points to consider:

• Burglars prefer homes that have no visible signs of protection such as alarms or outside lights.

• The burglar's job is made much easier if a spare key has been left outside in a convenient hiding place.

• A door that has been left unlocked or a window that is open saves the trouble of breaking in. Make sure your home is secure whether you're out for the day or working in the garden.

• Do you have a pet door? Is it big enough for a small person to squeeze through?

• Do you leave garden equipment or ladders outside? They can be used to break into your house.

• Can someone looking through your window see stereo, computer equipment, figurines or any other expensive goods?

If you think it would be easy to break into your own home – NOW is the time to consider improving your security!

In the garden, a secure boundary helps to deter criminals. Secure gates, sharp, prickly shrubs and good fencing can all make the prospective burglar think twice, and don't forget the contents of your shed are not only attractive to a thief, but they can also provide a burglar with the equipment to break into your house. The more difficult you make it for opportunist criminals, the less likely they are to even try.

• Do you always put away garden tools after use and lock your shed?

• Are locks, hasps and staples bolted through the shed and not screwed?

• Are non-reversible screws used on exposed hinges?

• Are your power tools, lawnmowers and bicycles properly security marked with your post-code and house number?

• Do you display a sticker to warning that your property is security marked?

• Is valuable property out of sight from the windows?

• Do you have security lighting that illuminates the area in which your shed is located?

• Is your perimeter fencing in good condition?

• Have you considered fitting a shed alarm?

• Do neighbours keep an eye out for each other and report anything suspicious to the police immediately?

If you have answered 'no' to any of the questions, now is the time to think about taking steps to make your shed more secure.

To make your vehicle less attractive to the prospective thief, don't leave property on display, and make sure that you lock the doors and close all the windows every time you leave your vehicle unattended, however briefly (even if you are going to pay for petrol at the garage!).