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HOMEWATCH

(PLUS ASHBY'S WEBSITE UPDATE ALERTS)

The 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 neighbouring parishes.
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 including postcode.
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).
Please note:
- 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 successfully.
- The APPLY email should be used to notify the Parish Council that you DO wish to receive Ashby's Website Update Alerts.

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
Please note:
- The UNSUBSCRIBE email should be used to notify the Parish Council if you DO NOT wish to receive Ashby's Website Update Alerts.

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 link below.
Click on
https://policedirect.norfolk.police.uk/registration/user/register

HOMEWATCH BACKGROUND
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 Scheme.

SECURITY

For previous items regarding security advice please look in the following -
General Advice    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 sntloddon@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Please note details for services including Norfolk Constabulary and Crime Maps etc appear on our CONTACTS page

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