Tuesday April 20, 2010
A new tool in the war on crime in the borough has been launched.
The H&F neighbourhood watch website offers useful crime prevention advice, details of the borough’s 150-plus neighbourhood watch groups and an abundance of crime-tackling information and tips.
By logging onto www.hfnhw.org.uk, residents will also be able to track down a wealth of information on their local police safer neighbourhood teams and details on how to combat burglary and vehicle crime.
The website is the brainchild of the Hammersmith & Fulham Neighbourhood Watch Association (HFNWA) members who, through the group, provide a focal point for the growing number of watches in the borough.
In fact, the number of neighbourhood watch groups in the borough has skyrocketed over the past few years. In 2005 there were six schemes in the borough. Five years later, 214 streets are covered by a total of 154 groups.
HFNWA member David Millar explained the thinking behind the new website.
“This new website is a really useful tool as we strive to prevent crime, and it helps us to provide information and advice.
“Neighbourhood Watch organisations are increasingly using the web as a means of coordination, so this website brings all the groups in the borough together to share information and tips.
“It allows people easy access to what neighbourhood watch stands for and its role in crime prevention.”
Neighbourhood watch schemes work by developing close liaison between households in a neighbourhood and the local police, aiming to help people protect themselves and their properties, David explained.
It also helps to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit.
Lyn Carpenter, H&F Council’s director of residents’ services, said: “Police and council work extremely hard to crack down on crime, but we rely heavily on the intelligence that active neighbourhood watch schemes provide.
“With so many neighbourhood watch schemes operating in the borough, there is bound to be one close to your home so make sure that you join today.”
For more details on HFNWA, to find your nearest scheme or to set up your own, visit www.hfnhw.org.uk.