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 Safer 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.
Message from Inspector Adrian Thompson
regarding Anti-Social Behavious and "Operation Force"
There has been a sharp increase in ASB in areas of Poole recently, most notably Canford Heath.
The Operational Group (PCG) has remarked previously on the increased mobility across areas of some young people involved in ASB, with Poole based young people coming to notice in locations as far apart as Bournemouth, Weymouth and Eastleigh (both are on the same East-West train line).
In response to this we have been working very closely with the Safer Communities Team to challenge the behaviour of the group and reduce the impact of their behaviour issues on the community. Whilst this work is ongoing there was a need for a highly visible presence and response to the issues and so we have instigated Op Force
OPERATION FORCE will be in effect for the next two weeks and will focus on ASB and low level youth related criminality. There will be a secondary tasking around the town centre and Alexandra Park vagrancy and street addiction issues. The primary tasking will involve:-
- Default tasking for Poole NPT officers will be an ASB Van Crew led by Sgt Sean Snaith. The team will work as one from the PSU van as a group (PC & PCSO) and a vehicle to allow for other tasks in the community.
- The NPT will attend hot spot locations and park up; all officers will alight and carry out foot patrol and reassurance in this area for 15 on average,
this is in line with Evidence Based Policing (EBP) model within a Koper Curve Model; there is science behind it
The target areas for Operation Force will be:
- Canford Heath
- Asda Neighbourhood Centre
- Verity Park
- Adastral Square
- Dale Valley Road
- The Branksome centre/recreation ground
- These patrols will carry on through days and lates
All activity will be logged and when NPT resources are reduced over this period due to rest days and other
commitments I have requested support from other police units. This was agreed so you will see EPT officers on foot in the town for Fireworks,
Ops units (firearms etc) defaulting patrols to the area. We also had support from Bournemouth NPT over this last weekend to make sure we maintain
the presence in the area.
The intention is that positive action will be taken for any offending and where there are grounds a Power of Arrest is to be utilised; we will also use Section 35 dispersal Orders at key times
In June 2018 we saw a welcome overall fall in Anti-Social Behaviour in Poole (489 recorded incidents, down from 520 in May, and 554 in June 2017). The decrease was concentrated in Poole Town Centre (123 recorded incidents, down from 181 in May, and from 143 in June 2017). July figures for Poole Town Centre show a further decrease, to 109 Incidents (compared to 173 in July 2017). These are significant falls and is down to the hard work of the NPT and partners to engage and tackle these groups.
Please can I ask that you remind residents of the success of the partnership overall as these are the positive stories; ASB is not a forever thing so let's talk positively.
Canford Heath is now plateauing and although there have been concerns expressed regarding recent increases in Anti-Social Behaviour in Rossmore and Alderney, it does not appear to be at historic high levels across the area as a whole. The partnership is working and as we improve and change our meeting structures to focus the efforts of the SNT partners we will see long term improvements.
There is a press release planned about Operation Force so please share the details of the operation, it is not a covert thing we are out in high visibility in a massive van so the more people who know the greater effect we will have.
Adrian Thompson (2155)
Inspector - Poole Neighbourhoods
What's Happening Soon?
Our next event will be our AGM at 7pm on Wednesday 19th September and which will be hosted at:
St. Paul's Church
The Neighbourhood Centre
Guest speakers for the event will be Janet Walton (Leader of Poole Council) and Sean Gabriel (Mayor of Poole) there will also be refreshments of tea, coffee, and cake and biscuits. For more details and agenda please see the PDF downloads below.
We look forward to seeing you there.
2018 AGM Agenda
Letter From The Chairman
Our previous events...
13|12|17 - Elderly Residents Christmas Luncheon Club
An enormous success the luncheon guests said about the recent Christmas lunch held on 13th December with over 60 elderly people having their lunch organised by Vic Martin and his Team. The Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch were there serving plates of hot Christmas Turkey with all the trimmings which also included fresh fruit salad and Christmas pudding. Dressed for the occasion David, Sandra, Vickie and Sean from CHNW were on hand to have their photo taken alongside Vic Martin before the lunch started. This is now the second year that CHNW have provided gifts for those attending and each 'goody' bag contained bars of chocolate and a large packet of biscuits. All received with many thanks from those attending.
Afterwards, Christmas carols were sung in the Church followed by a raffle of which all participants received a prize. What a lovely day.
For a full list of previous events we've been involved in please see our past events page...
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.
Notice: Due to a change in law (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 25th May 2018) consent is now required for us to send out email correspondents to members, please note if you sign up to our newsletter mailing list but submitting an email above we will take this as consent however if you were already on our list we require physical consent by way of the form below, if you could please download and return to us...
GDPR Consent Form
As well as Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch's own newsletter the national 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)
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Below is a library of other useful information, provided either by Canford Heath Neighbourhood Watch or similar organisations, available for download.