current service offered by Ashby St Mary Parish Council's Homewatch
co-ordinator to parish residents is to alert them of messages
from Norfolk Police that affect those living in Ashby and its
Please note these are now called Police Alerts.
Only residents who have either previously requested or apply
to the Parish Council will receive its Police Alert messages.
An explanation of the background of the local Homewatch service
can be found below.
ASHBY ST MARY PARISH COUNCIL'S HOMEWATCH SERVICE
- How to join, unsubscribe and change your messaging preference.
1. Any Ashby resident who would like to receive the
Norfolk Police crime and security Alerts (i.e. Homewatch messages)
that include the Ashby and its surrounding parishes, please
click on the APPLY email link below.
In the main body of the email state your name and Ashby address
Ensure you state that you wish to receive the local security
messages, then send the email.
Click on APPLY
You can unsubscribe from this Parish messaging
service at any time (see 2).
- The APPLY email should also be used notify the Parish Council
of any change in your details such as your email address or
postal address in order that the messaging service can continue
- The APPLY email should be used to notify
the Parish Council that you DO wish to receive Ashby's Website
2. Any Ashby resident who no longer wishes to receive
Police Alerts ( i.e. Homewatch messages) from Ashby Parish Council's
co-ordinator, can unsubscribe from this service. Please
click on the UNSUBSCRIBE email link below. In the main body
of the email please give your name and the email address used
for the messaging service, state you wish to unsubscribe from
the Alert service, then send the email. Your details will be
deleted and messages will cease.
Click on UNSUBSCRIBE
- The UNSUBSCRIBE email should be used to notify the Parish
Council if you DO NOT wish to receive Ashby's Website Update
3. Residents who prefer to receive
messages direct from Norfolk Constabulary about incidents
and alerts concerning their area or the wider area must register
to receive them by completing the required details on the page
Click on https://policedirect.norfolk.police.uk/registration/user/register
The following is an extract taken from the ‘About
Home Watch’ page on the website of the Norfolk Constabulary.
"HomeWatch (also known
as Neighbourhood Watch) involves residents coming together to
create safer communities in which to live. It operates through
a network of district associations and schemes that:
· are run by residents and are supported by the police
· are set up using guidelines approved by Norfolk Constabulary
· vary in size
· are maintained by a Co-ordinator and sometimes a small
committee who manage the scheme and liaise with police and partners
· take steps to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
Objectives of HomeWatch
HomeWatch in Norfolk has four main objectives:
To prevent crime - By improving security, being the ‘eyes
and ears’ of your neighbourhood and protecting the most
vulnerable members of the community.
To help with the detection of criminals - By sharing information
with the police allowing them to be intelligence-led.
To reduce undue fear of crime - By providing accurate information
about risks, supporting victims, promoting a sense of security
and a caring community.
To improve Police-Community relations - Through regular contact
between HomeWatch and the police.
Most home insurance companies offer a discount for members of
a HomeWatch Scheme.
STATEMENT BY THE ASHBY ST MARY PARISH COUNCIL
The purpose of Homewatch is well known and self explanatory
– to make communities safer. It is is a system of local
awareness between residents and is one of many similar schemes
operating nationally for dwellings, shops, schools etc.
It is co-ordinated by between one Parish councillor co-ordinator
to several other co-ordinators from the village for the benefit
of the local population. Far from replacing or doing the work
of the local police, it merely seeks to provide an informal
lookout service that complements the work of the Police. Because
Home Watch co-ordinators cover a very localised area over which
they ‘watch’, it means they are likely to be able
to provide a more effective and reassuring ‘point-of-contact’
service as a result.
Having registered with Norfolk Police to do so, the Ashby St
Mary Parish Council Homewatch co-ordinator is its point of contact
for receiving Homewatch messages on matters of mutual concern
or more detailed interest. Information received from the Police
and circulated for your attention is merely to keep you aware
of any local advice.
The more Ashby St Mary residents that support a Homewatch system,
the more effective and beneficial it will be for everyone in
our village. To increase the benefits of Homewatch your Council
urges you to become part of it. Many pariishioners have
done so already and benefited accordingly. And remember - most
home insurance companies offer a discount for members of a HomeWatch
For previous items regarding security advice please look in
the following -
Action Fraud Launch
- from 14 Jan 2013
The General Advice includes a lot of useful information on Contacting
the Police, Burglaries, Property Marking, National Property
Register, Bikes and Scams.
A list of Security items (with prices) which have to be purchased
from your 'Public Enquiry Office' can be viewed HERE.
COLD CALLING ADVICE
For advice by the police on Cold Calling see HERE
USEFUL CONTACT DETAILS
The Police Administrator has recommended viewing the contents
of the following link: http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/
Should you require it, the Office for Fair Trading web-site
is at http://www.oft.gov.uk
or at 0845 7224499
Since the end of March 2010 South Norfolk no longer has a dedicated
Police Home Watch Administrator. All queries concerning Homewatch
now have to be referred to the Communications and Public Affairs
Department at Police Headquarters, on 0845 456 4567.
The local (Police) Safer Neighbourhood Team for Ashby St Mary
can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note details for services including Norfolk Constabulary
and Crime Maps etc appear on our CONTACTS