The Neighbourhood watch team are delighted to invite you to attend our free crime prevention webinars running during February.
More about each webinar
Each webinar will be delivered by Neighbourhood Watch with an expert speaker on each of the topics of knife crime, burglary prevention and scams.
Places are free but limited so book your place soon to avoid disappointment.
BOOK YOUR PLACES HERE
Preventing Burglary with WIDEN
Dates and times: 14th Feb 1pm – 2pm and 22nd Feb 6pm – 7pm – please attend one session only
Speaker: Inspector Matt Coe, Sergeant Matt Coe, Crime Prevention, London Safety Centre
Understanding the Psychology of Scams
Dates: 15th Feb, 3.30-4.30pm and 28th Feb, 5.30-6.30pm – please attend one session only
Speaker: Paul Maskall from the Fraud & Cyber Crime Prevention Manager, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)
Exploitation, Gangs and Knife crime awareness for parents and carers
Dates: Tues 21st Feb, 7-9pm and Tues 28th Feb, 7-9pm (Both should be attended to take full advantage of this opportunity.)
Speaker: The workshops are hosted by The Ben Kinsella Trust and they will be facilitated by Anoushka Dunic and Patrick Green.
Nearly two-thirds (65%)* of us are worried about our home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to halve our chances of being burgled.
Learn more at ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden
We have joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring you our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets.
At Neighbourhood Watch, we also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so we’ve extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N):
· W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked
· I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb
· D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors
· E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor
· (N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours
Leaving home? Use this free home security checklist to leave your home safe and secure.
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said ‘We know that by securing your home’s windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of preventing burglary.
If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you’ve had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted – use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.’
Learn more at ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden
* Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2022
Do you live on Easy Street? Is your house inviting for the wrong reasons?
Easy Street is Any street burglars find inviting due to poor security or maintenance.
Easy Street Burglary Prevention Campaign – WYP website
There are simple, smart, cost effective ways to make your house less appealing to burglars. As the nights are longer and it gets darker earlier, West Yorkshire Police encourage you to review the security of your home.
Did you know? West Yorkshire Police Crime Prevention Officers are happy to visit you in your property to determine security issues and offer practical advice to make your home more secure!
Get in touch to make an appointment: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary
Groups across West Yorkshire that are helping to end the scourge of violence in the region are being urged to step forward and apply for the Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund.
Application Deadline November 11
West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin, has made £350,000 available to voluntary and community groups, charities, and partners with an innovative project that will make their local area safer.
This is the largest round of the Safer Communities Fund which has supported projects to the tune of £4.3 million since 2014. It will focus on ‘Safer Places and Thriving Communities’ and the Mayor is welcoming applications from projects that address anti-social behaviour, serious violence including knife crime, drug misuse, hate crime, road safety and more.
The Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund is financed by money from criminal activities recovered by police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Through the fund, this money is used for projects that aim to make their communities a safer and better place.
Recognising the financial challenges many organisations are currently facing, the Mayor has increased the amount of funding a project can apply for, from £6,000 to £8,000. Organisations have until 11th November to get their bids in for funding.
Speaking about the opening, Mayor Brabin said: “I am determined to end the scourge of violence on the streets of West Yorkshire – whether that is hate crimes, county lines gangs exploiting our children or violence against women and girls. This has no place in our society.
“That’s why we are providing vital money to organisations that are helping to build a safe, just, and inclusive region.
“I encourage anyone with a project that aims to make their local area safer to apply.”
West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins QPM DL, said: “The Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund is an excellent way for local groups, projects and organisations to make use of cash we have seized from criminals, so it is put back into the hands of people who want to make their community a better place.
“I welcome the opening of the latest grant round and would urge anyone with a community-based initiative to consider applying for this funding, so it can be used to address local issues and make our neighbourhoods safer.”
This announcement comes after the Mayor and her Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE, awarded funds to 61 innovative projects from across West Yorkshire.
Some of the latest projects to receive this funding include drugs intervention and prevention workshops for men and boys in Bradford, weekly self-defence and fitness classes for women in Kirklees, and a programme for young offenders, combining rehabilitation with horsemanship, in Leeds.
This latest grant round of the Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund is open until 11th November 2022, 12pm (noon). Organisations can apply for grants of up to £8000 for projects that align with the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan.
For more information about the fund, including how to apply, visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/mayor-s-safer-communities-fund.
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Key Individual Network (KIN)
A KIN is a network of people that are able to represent identified groups or communities, either through group or self-nomination. Membership is a volunteer commitment and individuals must have an interest in the safety and wellbeing of the group or community that they represent.
People on the KIN may identify as belonging to a specific ‘protected characteristic’ group, as defined in the Equality Act 2010. A protected characteristic is an aspect of a person’s identity that makes them who they are.
The ‘protected’ characteristics are:
- Religion or belief
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignments
- Marriage and civil Partnership
As well as representing a protected characteristic group a member of the KIN may also be involved in:
- Local Policing priority setting
- Collaborative problem-solving through Community Champions
- Advising to help support shaping local policing and in response to critical incidents
- Reassuring wider communities
This list is not exhaustive.
Who could be a KIN member?
A member of a KIN is someone or a group of people who represent a group or community in their local area. This could be anyone from a teacher or shop keeper, to a church leader, support group, chairperson of a women’s community group.
Become a member of the Key Individual Network
We are changing how we work with our KIN to ensure that regular engagement informs people on local policing issues and actively seeks feedback and support.
If you are interested in representing a group or community in your local area complete our online KIN application form here and someone will be in contact for an informal chat as soon as possible.
‘Keeping West Yorkshire Safe and Feeling Safe’
We are committed to preventing people from becoming victims of crime, especially the young and the vulnerable.
Our communities within West Yorkshire Police play in vital role in helping us to ‘Keep West Yorkshire Safe and Feeling Safe’.
We are committed to building and maintaining, strong working relationships with all of our diverse communities in West Yorkshire.
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Burglary Business and Community Crime Prevention Advice
West Yorkshire Police provide crime prevention advice online and in person. The Business Crime section of the West Yorkshire Police website contains a range of information for keeping your business and business premises safe and secure.
For more information visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/business-security/business-security
General Crime Prevention
There are 10 principles of crime prevention that can assist you in reducing the opportunity for crime to occur at your home, your place of work or your business.
For more information visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/10-principles-crime-prevention/10-principles-crime-prevention/10-principles-crime-prevention
West Yorkshire Police Community Alert
West Yorkshire Police provide updates on Local Policing through ‘West Yorkshire Police Community Alert’ and you can sign up to receive updates relevant to your area.
For more information visit http://wypcommunityalert.co.uk
West Yorkshire Police Pc Kim McCloskey Ovenden Ward Officer and Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative along with PCSO Trevor Lovelock Community Warden Ced Oakley and Matt Scott-Thompson from the Ovenden Initiative held a Crime Prevention advise session at Lee Mount School Lee Mount Road on Tuesday 3 November 2015.
West Yorkshire Police are fully committed to ensuring that crime prevention is at the forefront of every effort in supporting the communities they serve. Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing – that is the message being highlighted by West Yorkshire Police as part of their latest burglary campaign.
Following crime prevention tips can help to secure your home and deter burglars. Find them at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/truecost
For more information about home security call 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer or follow on Twitter using #wypburglary.
Over 150 local people were given Crime Prevention advice and talked to about what matters to them in the neighbourhood. Young people from Lee Mount Primary School were able to see what it would be like to be put in the back of the police van.
Pictured left: Keith Midgley, a local resident who was locked in the Police van by Ovenden Ward Officer Pc Kim McCloskey