Neighbourhood Watch OUR NEWS April 2021 edition

Our popular monthly newsletter OUR NEWS April 2021 edition is here!

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We are pleased to share our April ‘OUR NEWS’ newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watches across England and Wales) for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters – from households to volunteers and partners.

This month we launch our PROTECT YOUR CAR campaign. We also look at fleeceware scams, predatory marriage and much more. Next year, in 2022, we will be celebrating Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary and we want to hear from you how YOU would like to see this celebrated nationally. Please take a minute to give us your views here.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Protect Your Car – Neighbourhood Watch Campaign

Car crime is a real problem in the UK. Alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes.(1) With Covid-19 and the recent lockdowns, many people aren’t driving or checking on their cars as much as they used to. At Neighbourhood Watch, we need your help to remind car owners to remain vigilant about where and how they park their cars, in order to keep them safe.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, says

“Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked.  There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves if left unattended after a period of time. This isn’t always correct.  Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it.  This is also incorrect – both new and old cars are at risk. Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people’s livelihoods.  The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate we’re reminding everyone to leave your car lockedlit and empty.”

Remember – Leave your car:

  1. Locked (2)   A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. Leave your car locked video.
  2. Lit (2) 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. Leave your car lit video.
  3. Empty (or with no items on show)  Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself.   Leave your car empty video.

John Hayward-Cripps continues

“Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. We want to instill the habit of double-checking where and how you’ve parked with our three simple steps: leave it lockedlit and empty.  As a local charity with a trusted voice in the community, we’re asking everyone to proactively support their neighbours and friends by sharing our three steps with three others. By spreading the word, we’re confident we can crack down on car crime which can be deeply distressing and debilitating for its victims.”

How to support our campaign:
LEARN: Visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourcar for top tips and advice on keeping your vehicle safe.

​​​​​​​FOLLOW: Follow us on our social channels (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to share our messages within your communities. Tag #ProtectYourCar

SHARE: Forward this email to your friends and family, or download this image and share it on WhatsApp with the following message ‘Car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes. The vast majority of car crimes happen through unlocked cars, parked in badly lit areas and where there are visible items to steal.  Remember these simple steps to keep your car safe… leave it locked, lit and empty.  For more top tops visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourcar

For more information, including requests for a press release or campaign pack, please contact our Senior Communications and Digital Manager Deborah Waller on Deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk

Data sourced from:
(1)  ITV: ITV, 2020
(2)  ONS data:  https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables
(3)  OPAL and Police National Computer: https://www.npcc.police.uk/NationalPolicing/OPALNationalIntelligenceUnitforSeriousOrganisedAcq.aspx

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Neighbourhood Watch OUR NEWS February 2021 edition

Our popular monthly newsletter OUR NEWS February 2021 edition is here!

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We are pleased to announce our February OUR NEWS newsletter is attached or can be read by clicking on this link. This monthly newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales), is for all supporters of Neighbourhood Watch, from households to volunteers, such as scheme Coordinators or Association Leads.

This month we have a look at how to spot a Covid-19 vaccine scam and how to spot a romance scam. We introduce to you our new rural crime section on our website and our new #DrugsKnowMore campaign – a campaign soon to be launched designed by young people for young people.

In partnership with Co-op Insurance we remind you of the fantastic opportunity available for children to engage with Neighbourhood Watch by designing a treehouse to be built for their community. We also invite Coordinators to attend upcoming workshops, and ask everyone to save the date of 5th – 11th June for Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021.

With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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NeighbourhoodWatch OUR NEWS January 2021 edition

Our popular monthly newsletter OUR NEWS January 2021 edition is here!

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Please find our January 2021 Neighbourhood Watch national newsletter.  This month we launch the Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2020 findings, recruit for a new Volunteer Development Manager, share crime prevention advice and look at the new community projects we are running. As always, we hope you find the information useful. The final page of our newsletter contains a reminder from the Government (www.gov.uk) on how we can all play our part in stopping the spread of the virus.

Best wishes for 2021,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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NeighbourhoodWatch OUR NEWS December 2020 edition

Our popular monthly newsletter OUR NEWS December 2020 edition is here!

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As we approach the end of what has been a hugely challenging year with the prospect of restricted Christmas and New Year celebrations, we would like to deeply thank all our supporters and volunteers. The work you and so many others have done has been immensely beneficial to thousands of people and will continue to be of huge value into next year.

With nearly half (44%) of our new members surveyed since March wanting to actively help make their community a better place to live we couldn’t be more delighted this month to announce the winners of the Co-op and Neighbourhood Watch Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 and Young Neighbour of the Year Award 2020. The winners went above and beyond to support others in their community.

In our winner’s words:

“I really believe that being a good neighbour is about looking out for each other, and I hope I’ve encouraged people to actively get out and support their community – even virtually”

We have so much to shout about this month from an inspiring listening to communities blog, to our successful bid to the National Lottery Community Covid-19 Fund, and much more. Read our newsletter to discover more.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Help Us Understand How Covid-19 Has Impacted Crime and Other Activities

Neighbourhood watch COVID-19 and crime survey

 

We are delighted to be working with University College London to understand how COVID-19 has impacted upon people’s routine and online activities, crime and their perceptions of it.

To help with this work, we are encouraging our supporters to participate in a short survey (surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9LGPHDL) which closes on 23rd December.

As well as understanding how the pandemic has affected things to date, the aim of the survey is to understand how it might do so in the future. Your participation will be really valuable and help us understand things that other data cannot.

We estimate that it will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Your responses will be stored securely and you will not be asked for any information that would identify you as an individual.

If you are willing to take part, please complete this survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9LGPHDL

Please support this work – with your help I am sure we can gain real insight into the effects of COVID-19 on crime.

Yours faithfully,

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network

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Neighbourhood Watch Protect Your Passw0rd National Campaign

Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with 3 quick and easy steps

 

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps

  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won’t stop there!  Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack,

More about the campaign
Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think ‘it won’t happen to me’ we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.

*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members: https://press.avast.com/hubfs/media-materials/kits/Avast%20Cyberhood%20Watch/Avast_CyberHood_Watch_Report%20FINAL.pdf?hsLang=en

For more information contact Deborah Waller on deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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