Tuesday June 29, 2010
Two neighbourhood watch co-ordinators who went the extra mile to keep their communities safe were honoured at a ceremony last week.
Awards were handed out to the winners at the borough’s neighbourhood watch association AGM on Thursday June 24, 2010.
Toni Raybould, of the Agate Road neighbourhood watch, won the Douglas Hurd cup – named after the Hammersmith resident and Home Secretary who introduced neighbourhood watch.
Long-time Hammersmith resident Toni received the cup for her ‘significant contribution’ to the development of a group in her street, recruiting new members and spreading the message into surrounding streets.
Her nomination included a recommendation from the Brackenbury safer neighbourhood team.
David Miller, of the Brackenbury SNT, told us: “Her reputation in the Brackenbury area is legendary – she is a much loved and respected person.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Wise, of the Davisville Road/Batson Street group, received a special commendation for her active involvement in visiting residents and distributing crime prevention materials in her Shepherds Bush community. Sarah is also seeking to set up a local coordinators group.
Cathy Robertson, chairwoman of the association, said: “This year we felt it appropriate to recognise the neighbourhood aspect.
“Without the bedrock of a fully supported and motivated scheme the wider benefits of crime prevention simply would not happen.
“Both Toni and Sarah have demonstrated that to be effective a thriving scheme is the place to start.”
And H&F Council cabinet member Greg Smith said: “Watch schemes work – and Toni and Sarah are perfect examples of the sort of neighbourly sprit that watch groups can create.
“Ultimately, their good work and the work of all of the borough’s schemes help deter crime and it is only right that their efforts are recognised.”
Neighbourhood watch groups boast an estimated 10 million members across Britain.
The schemes work by developing a close liaison between households in a neighbourhood and the police.
The aim is to help reduce the fear of crime and promote improved home security, greater vigilance and more accurate reporting of suspicious incidents.
Locally, the schemes have been taking off.
In 2005 there were only six schemes in the borough. Five years later, 214 streets are covered by a total of 154 groups.
The neighbourhood watch association launched its new website – with crimeprevention advice, details of all the borough’s watches and an abundance of crimetackling information and tips – in April this year.
For more details visit: www.hfnhw.org.uk.