Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organisation in the country and is playing an increasingly important role in helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime. The objective of Neighbourhood Watch is to promote public participation in the development of a safer and healthier environment. The partnership involves the police, encompasses several support agencies, and covers a wide range of quality of life issues. 

Little Witley Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is part of the Martley and Tenbury team within the Malvern Hills Community Safety Partnership.

The Little Witley Neighbourhood Watch Scheme covers every household in the village and is supported by our Parish Council. We are part of the Malvern Hills District Neighbourhood Watch Association who maintain an excellent website located at http://www.neighbourhoodwatchmalvernhills.org.uk showing useful information.

It is important that you make your voice heard if you have any concerns or suggestions by contacting you Neighbourhood Watch coordinator on: 01886 888475 or via email: jeanmills20@gmail.com


YOUR ROLE AS A MEMBER OF NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The idea of the Neighbourhood Watch is just that – to watch, NOT to accost possible or actual villains, and to pass on information that could be helpful to the police, our neighbours, or both. Our contribution to the success of the partnership is to be observant, note strange activities/incidents,and to report them. We can really make a difference to the well-being of our own community.

The Community / Police Partnership In The Tenbury Policing Area
The effectiveness of the police is closely tied into the intelligence input from the community. The recent cutback in police resources makes the community contribution even more vital and we must ensure that there is good two-way communication. Neighbourhood Watch is an organisation dedicated to doing just that, with an objective to promote public participation in the development of a safer and healthier environment.

Locally we need to help and inform our neighbours, and to pass on and respond to information received from your Parish Coordinator. Information is fed into our network from the new Police system called Community Messaging System (CMS); our local Police Team; members of our community; and from other parish networks in our area.

Our role is to be observant and to report to the police any incident or suspicious activity by dialling 101, and whenever possible providing vehicle numbers and identity details. It is also helpful to inform Jean Mills, the parish Neighbourhood Watch coordinator, who can disseminate the information on to members of the wider network.

If you require an immediate Police presence for an emergency or criminal situation, please dial 999

The local policing team, now called the Safer Neighbourhood Team, currently operates from the Tenbury Police Station. This team can be contacted via 101 or by emailing mt.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk. The team members are PC Paul Packwood, CSOs Ness Snape, and Teresa Howells.

In the event of an incident, the control centre will direct the closest member of the police response team to attend – all vehicles have tracker equipment.

All householders registered with the Little Witley Neighbourhood Watch Scheme will receive incident reports via emails. For more information please contact our Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator – Jean Mills on 01886 888475 or via email: jeanmills20@gmail.com. If your neighbours are not on email, please pass on relevant messages. 

If it is not an emergency then 101 is the new number to call when you want to speak to your local police to report less urgent crime and disorder and for general police enquiries.  You can fined more information about West Mercial Police at – https://www.westmercia.police.uk/home

Our local policing team will come to our parish meetings if requested.

It is the largest patch in the Malvern Hills District, covering 200 sq.miles of rural Worcestershire. The crime rate within the Little Witley area is generally very low but following the national trend we have seen an increase in thefts from outbuildings. The police appreciate all the information that we can provide in helping them to resolve these thefts and prevent further incidents. I receive police crime reports from our group co-ordinator which I check every day to ensure that the messages get to you as soon as possible. I have 84 household email contacts and am looking to increase this number. If you know of any new residents do mention our scheme to them and give them my contact number or email. If you change your email address do remember to let me have the new one.

Thank you all for being vigilant and continuing to help in keeping the incidents of crime as low as possible. If you want to report an incident to the police use the following numbers: 999 This is for reporting EMERGENCIES only, for example:

🔹 offenders are nearby
🔹 life is at risk
🔹 injury is caused or threatened
🔹 crime or disorder is in progress
🔹 emergency situations 101
🔹 if you have had a minor traffic collision
🔹 if your property has been damaged
🔹 if your car has been stolen
🔹 if you suspect drug dealing
🔹 if you have been burgled and there are no offenders on scene
🔹 if you have witnessed a crime
🔹 if you have information about criminals in your local area
🔹 if you have seen a missing person
🔹 if you need crime prevention advice
🔹 if you want to speak to the police about any other incident that doesn’t require an immediate response contact your locality Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator –  Jean Mills on
01886 888475 or via email: jeanmills20@gmail.com

Helpful Police tips for securing outbuildings-

🔹 metal up-and-over doors can be secured with additional purpose made locks to it either side
🔹 an external floor mounted, solid steel locking ‘T’ bar with a closed shackle padlock, offering a good visual deterrent
🔹 wooden garage double doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and closed shackle padlocks, one towards the top and one towards the bottom
🔹 garage side or rear doors can be secured with British Standard 5-lever mortise locks and two internal mortise rack bolts, one towards the top and one towards the bottom
🔹 shed doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and two closed shackle padlocks on the outside, one toward the top and one towards the bottom. External hinge screws       should be replaced with one way clutch head screws to prevent them being removed
🔹 garage and shed windows can be secured with internal diamond mesh grilles, which provide a good visual deterrent
🔹 garden tools and ladders should be secured by wrapping a substantial chain around them and padlocking them to an eyebolt which has been secured to the floor or wall.
🔹 tools and garden implements should be visibly property marked with the property postcode and house name or number

For more information on securing outbuildings, please visit – https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/7361/Security-of-GaragesShedsOutbuildings

Thank you for your support,
Jean Mills

Copy courtesy of Abberley Parish Council Website.