Crime Prevention Advice

MONTHLY FORUM ARTICLES

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Welcome to the Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Association

The Association has been operating since 1990 and covers the town of New Alresford and outlying rural villages. The Association was the first in Hampshire to cover the whole of a town and there are now nearly 90 voluntary Co-ordinators, responsible for households in the territory.

There is a voluntary Committee which meets with the Police several times a year and weekly Crime Reports, supplied by the Police, are distributed to the Committee, Co-ordinators and to individual households.

Monthly articles, written by members of the Committee, are published in the Alresford Forum magazine.

An AGM is held, which is open to the public.

The concept of Neighbourhood Watch was brought to the UK in 1982 from the United States by a group of police officers who had visited Chicago. The first scheme was set up in the village of Mollington in Cheshire in response to a spate of burglaries and was an immediate success, leading to rapid growth countrywide during the eighties.

The main aims of Neighbourhood Watch schemes are:

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK and the best known and most effective example of the community working together to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve quality of life.

Over 160,000 Neighbourhood Watch schemes now operate throughout the United Kingdom, covering up to 25% of all households.

USEFUL CONTACTS

Mention that you are in an active Neighbourhood Watch area when placing calls.

EMERGENCY 999 Crime in progress
Life in danger
Violence being used
NON–EMERGENCY 101

Report minor crime
Abandoned vehicles
Street lighting
Anti social behaviour
Contact Police officer
Leave messages

As there is no front office at the new Alresford Police station, please call 101 for non-emergency contact.
Hampshire Constabulary website
www.hampshire.police.uk
Alresford & District N W website
www.neighbourhood.watch.alresford.org