What is Neighbourhood Watch?
Everyone knows that the police are there to fight crime, but they cannot work on their own. They need the help and support of the community. The local residents are the 'Eyes and Ears' of the community. Neighbourhood Watch is about local people working in an active partnership with the police, and other agencies, to reduce crime and make the area where they live in a safer and more pleasant place for everyone. As well as crime prevention and safety issues Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch also works within the community to help the elderly and vulnerable.
In Canford Heath we have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. It covers a large area from the heath in the north to Dorset Way in the south, and Waterloo Road in the west to the roads off Sherbourne Crescent in the east.
How does Neighbourhood Watch work?
Most people know their neighbours and probably other residents living in their road. Many people work and are away from their homes most of the day. Others are at home or work based at home. Because you know your neighbours and something about the way they live you are the best person to notice if something unusual is happening: Maybe a person in a neighbour's garden while you know they are away on holiday, or an elderly neighbour you haven't seen in a while who may have had a fall, or just a person you don't recognise walking along the street looking at the houses.
To help reduce crime Neighbourhood Watch works in collaboration with the local police's Safter Neighbourhood Team to feed information about possible incidents to them, and, in return the police keep Neighbourhood Watch informed of incidents relevant to their area. Much of this information is transmitted via a system called 'Dorset Alert' which is available for anyone to sign up to and will use email or telephone messaging to send alerts of relevant activity in your area.
If I see something happening what should I do?
If you are suspicious that someone is acting in an unusual wat, it is advisable to call the local Safer Neighbourhood Team and give a description of what you saw, ideally descriptions of both what was happening and those involved. The telephone number is 101, or if you see a serious crime currently being committed 999.
My road is not in the Neighbourhood Watch, can we join?
Yes. All it needs is for one person in the street to act as a contact point for others. This can be as few or as many residents as the contact is prepared to act on behalf of. The scheme will supply all the information required to set up a new street on the system. So if there people willing to join in your street or area all you need to do is contact us (Details further down page) and we will support and advise you through becoming your streets contact point and getting set up. Nearly 700 residents on Canford Heath have already joined so you'll be in good company! The more people who join the stronger the message we send out to the criminally minded that Canford Heath is not a good place to pursue their unpleasant activities... Remember crime cannot flourish in a community that cares.
You can become a member of Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch for just two pounds per year, and if you would like more information on the help Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch provides to the community you can download our 'What does my two pound membership do for me?' leaflet below. If you are interested in joining or have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us (Details below).
As well as joining the neighbourhood watch we also recommend you sign up to Dorset Alert a live local alert system keeping you informed of crime and anti-social behaviour in the local area.
Download 'What does my two pounds membership do for me?' Leaflet.
What's Happening Soon?
Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch's up and coming events....
04|10|17 - CHNW AGM
Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch's annual general meeting will be held at St. Pauls Church, Canford Heath, BH17 9DW, on Wednesday 4th October at 7:00pm.
Guest speakers for this event will be:
- Martyn Underhill - Dorset's Police & Crime Comissioner
- Jake Moore - Cyber Crime Prevention Officer
- Lee Briggs (And Canine Friend!) - Dog Handler
Full details of the event, including agenda and a form for CHNW members to nominate candidates for the various roles within Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch are available for download as a PDF below...
AGM Agenda & Nomination Form
To keep residents and members up to date with what the Neighbourhood Watch has achieved and their future plans as well as other
relevant information we publish a newsletter (Usually biannually) both our current newsletter and an archive of previous which is kept below
for you to download.
As well as Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch's own newsletter the netional Neighbourhood Watch team also regularly release their own newsletters, the current edition of which is available for download below:
Current National Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter
Stay Safe Leaflet
'Stay Safe' is a booklet produced by The Association Of Dorset Watches in association with Neighbourhood Watch as a free guide offering advice on all manners of personal safety including Fire Safety, Home Security and Fraud Prevention, as well as many more. It offers useful tips on all types of safety precautions from services like the Fire Brigade and Dorset Police, advice on what security products you should own and reputable suppliers from which they're available, as well as a directory of useful contacts for any further help and information you may need. You can have a flick through below (Swipe with mouse or on touchscreen to turn pages) Alternatively copies of the booklet are available for free as a PDF download from this website (link below) or to obtain a printed copy contact The Association of Dorset Watches.
Download the ADW 'Stay Safe' leaflet here (PDF)
Please fill out the form below to contact Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch and we will endeavor to forward your comment or query to the relevant member of our organisation.
Alternatively if your reason for contacting relates to a specific area you can email the relevant member of our team below.
(Or if you are viewing this site from a smartphone simply tap to call)
Below is a library of other useful information, provided either by Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch or similar organisations, available for download.