Welcome to the Rother Neighbourhood Watch web site.
Notes of meeting 8th April 2015
HELLO EVERYONE - my name is Ted Kemp and as the new Chairman of Rother Neighbourhood Watch, as voted in at the annual General Meeting (AGM) on 18th October 2013, I am looking forward to taking us forward into the future.LATEST NEWS--Burglary victim support Read now
I know this may be a frustrating time but with the help of yourselves and the Committee we can, and will, make it a safer place to live.
Our funds are growing and we hope that as we go forward into the future there will be a number of other areas that we will want to take on, but it is going to take time. As well as the new website we are also working on ensuring the records are up to date, but this also is taking time. In the new year we hope to have other areas in Rother up and running too as we have some areas that do not have any co-ordinators at all! Battle and Rye are a priority.
When you look through this new website you will see we have made a lot of changes. One is the taking on of more retailers/shops for the Privilege card partnership and hopefully more in the Battle and Rye areas soon. Remember only Rother Neighbourhood Watch members are entitled to the offers from these shops and, on presentation of their card.
Many of the residents of your community may already be members of an existing Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and receive newsletters and regular e-mail updates. However, schemes do not currently operate in all areas.
Having a Neighbourhood Watch street sign or a sticker on your door or window does not necessarily mean that you are a member.
To enjoy all the benefits of the Rother Neighbourhood Watch you need to register with your local street or area scheme.
If you do not have a local scheme, please talk to your neighbours, and perhaps set up a new one and enjoy the benefits including the Privilege Card. You can also speak with our Chair who will help you with this.
Closer liaison with your local policing team either directly or through your Co-ordinator in the Neighbourhood Watch schemes have proved invaluable in the reduction of crime and the fear of crime, so PLEASE join us and help others as well as yourself.
The benefits of joining the scheme, which is FREE to all, include:
helps to reduce crime and the opportunities for crime
receive local information and alert bulletins from the local Police
reassuring those who live in the fear of crime
increasing the awareness and vigilance of residents
closer liaison between Police and residents
encouraging community spirit
being able to participate in local and main area meetings
an NHW sticker to place at front and/or rear of your home
regular NHW bulletins, some outlining crime in your area and crime prevention advice
a comprehensive Crime Prevention Pack including leaflets on home, car and personal security
access to discounts in regard to household contents with most insurance companies
access to discounts via a Privilege Card system which operates in the area
Please Note--Your household insurance could be seriously affected if you have declared that you are part of a scheme and thereby obtained a discount. If you wish to take advantage of the new features now being offered you will need to re-register. Contact Chairman@rothernhw.co.uk
What is Neighbourhood Watch and how does it work?
Neighbourhood Watch is made up of small groups of volunteer residents in towns and cities around the country. It is run by the residents for the residents.
Members look out for signs of crime in their own neighbourhoods, and share that information with each other and local police.
They follow basic rules and guidelines set out by the national organisation, and they work closely with their local police force.
If you join Neighbourhood Watch, you will get to know your neighbours. You'll pay attention to the cars normally parked on your street, and to which of your neighbours is having work done on their house. You might even know which of your neighbours is away for any length of time. Using that information, you're more likely to know when something unusual is happening, or when something just doesn't look right.
By keeping an eye out for your neighbours, you can help police stop crimes from happening. We are aware that many of you in the communities that we aim to serve already receive some of the crime reports and advice via emails from the community contact service.
However, whilst that may give you an overall picture, it does not enable access to the many benefits available to registered members or those planned for the future. These benefits include the free Rother Neighbourhood Watch Privilege Card which is supported by many local businesses offering exclusive offers and discounts plus lower premiums on home insurance from most insurers.
Many local businesses from butchers to leisure outlets offer a range of discounts and special offers exclusively for card holders and the list is growing all the time.
There has never been a better time to join Neighbourhood Watch or if no scheme exists in your area, set one up, it's an easy process with full assistance and support from our committee.
Think about it, all neighbours looking out for each other can only help to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Preventing crime isn't about 'curtain twitching', it's about creating a caring community by merely being aware of and reporting suspicious activity or something that you feel is unusual in your street, increasing home and personal security by taking advantage of available services.