Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation for Brighton & Hove

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The aim of Neighbourhood Watch is to make our neighbourhoods more secure, and our communities feel safer by working closely with Sussex Police and other partnership bodies.
The objectives of NHW are:

  • To reduce crime: By improving security, increasing vigilance, creating, and maintaining a caring community, and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness
  • To assist the police in detecting crime: By promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activie
  • To reduce the fear of crime: By providing accurate information about risks, and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable
  • To improve police/community liaison: By providing effective means to notify Co-ordinators of local crime trends, and by members advising the police of incidents when they occur
  • To increase community safety: By providing safety information from other Partnership bodies such as Trading Standards and the Fire & Rescue Service.
    • Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT):
      Neighbourhood Policing is all about putting local communities at the heart of local policing, and with this aim in mind.
      Dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been introduced throughout Sussex.
      Each Neighbourhood Policing Team covers a locally agreed geographic area. Team members are visible, accessible, locally known, and knowledgeable about their areas. As well as dealing with crime and disorder they also work with partners to resolve the problems and issues that matter most to local people.

      The Role of a NHW Co-ordinator:
      The major role of a Co-ordinator is to maintain contact between the Police, other Partnership bodies, the Area Co-ordinator, and members of the scheme. Each Co-ordinator will develop his or her own way of working. You are not required to act as a Police Officer, only as the eyes and ears of the community. Co-ordinators maintain a record of member households to use for ordering newsletters, and for confirming membership to insurance companies, who may check membership in the event of a claim.
      Role of a Neighbourhood Watch member:
      Being a member of NHW simply means taking sensible precautions such as:

      • Marking valuable items and keeping your home secure.
      • Passing relevant information about crime to the police, and keeping in contact with your local co-ordinator.
      • Keeping up-to-date by reading the latest police supplied crime reports and crime prevention literature.



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