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An overview

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 9:28 am
by PRS
Sutton Veny Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Introduction: This Scheme, now active in a large number of villages and other communities, encourages neighbours to keep an eye open for unlawful activity in and around their houses. Membership of the scheme is free but involves commitment to the following:
1. To have adequate door locks and window catches and to use them if the house is unoccupied.
2. Take sensible precautions to conceal the fact that the house is unoccupied, e.g. close garage door, leave lights/radio on, cancel milk and papers when away, etc.
3. Mark valuables with a marker pen with your postal code and house number or first two letters of its name.

Some insurance companies offer a discount on household cover for members of a Scheme.

Structure: The village has a Village Co-ordinator who organises Street Co-ordinators, each of the latter being responsible for a handful (occasionally quite a large handful!) of houses around their own. The duties of a Street Co-ordinator are not onerous. He/she should be aware of who occupies each house and when they are away on holiday (a function formerly performed by the Police). It is also useful to know who holds a key for the property. Occasional Neighbourhood Watch Newsletters also need to be circulated.
In an ideal set-up all co-ordinators have named (and known) deputies.

Activity: Residents who notice anything suspicious should, in an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call the police on 999. If less urgent, the Street or Village Co-ordinator should be informed and appropriate action can be decided upon. There is a fine line between “snooping” and sensible observation, but areas with an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme have shown a reduction in burglaries and thefts. The non-emergency telephone for the Police is: 101 (please be patient if using this number as, during busy times, there can be quite a long wait to be connected)

Personnel: If residents have any difficulties or questions they should be addressed to:

Peter Strangeways, Furrows, 101 High Street, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AW
Tel: 01985 840403 E-mail: