Tickenham Neighbourhood Watch
Aims and Objectives
Founded over twenty years ago, Tickenham NHW aims to reduce crime by
- Giving advice to local residents on protecting themselves and their property
- Circulating police alerts and other information about current crime
- Sharing information and concerns raised by members
- Having a visible presence in the village to deter opportunistic criminals
These objectives are achieved through
- Quarterly newsletters and meetings
- The Parish Magazine
- Village notice boards
- When necessary, making representations to the Parish Council, North Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset Police and other public bodies.
Chairman/Secretary – John Rose, Tickenham,
Treasurer – Michelle Crocker, Middleton House, 192, Clevedon Road, Tickenham,
Beat Manager – to be confirmed since re-organisation of A&S beats
Contact Persons – The village is divided into ‘watches’ each with a named Contact Person. These vital volunteers deliver newsletters, collect annual subscriptions (£1 per household) and act as a local contact for their NHW members.
Contact Persons receive information directly from the police using the Ringmaster messaging and the e-mail system administered by Lindsay Stone of the Avon & Somerset police. If time and facilities allow this information can be shared by the Contact Person with their neighbours.
Quarterly Meetings – generally in April July, October and January, and held in the village hall committee room – are run in a participative style with members encouraged to raise issues of concern. Guest speakers have educated us on a wide range of crime related issues over the years.
Everyone is welcome to join us.
Contacting the police and reporting crime
- If you think you are witnessing a crime dial 999 without delay
- The most important piece of information is the registration number of any vehicle involved. Write down this and any other details before you forget.
- If in doubt dial 101 immediately and let the police decide what to do.
- Non urgent calls to the police including the local police team 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
- John Rose – is happy to be contacted at any time – see details above, but it is vital to call the police FIRST and WITHOUT DELAY if you believe you have information about a crime.
Quarterly Meeting Dates
The AGM is normally held in July in the village hall committee room at 7.30pm.
Current Issues and Alerts
Door and window stickers are available from the NHW chairman that warn doorstep traders that they are unwelcome. These are very effective in discouraging unwanted callers.
ADVICE If you experience threatening or other unacceptable behaviour by a doorstep caller you are advised to contact the Police on 101 and Trading Standards at North Somerset Council on 08454 04 506
Telephone fraud is occurring in the North Somerset area, predominantly affecting retired persons. The caller purports to be from the police or a charity, and recites a plausible tale that leads to the caller requesting personal and bank related data that would allow the caller to gain access to bank accounts and savings. The caller may suggest that the victim rings the police to check or to call them back and gives a number. If this happens, use a different telephone line to ring the police, as the fraudster will have kept the original line open, meaning that whatever number you ring you will only reach the fraudster. The end result of this is that a number of people have each been conned out of several thousand pounds.
Police are investigating this matter but your assistance is also requested:
(a) to encourage anyone subject of such a matter recently to contact the police immediately – using the 101 number. (b) to encourage residents receiving an unsolicited call from someone
alleging to be from the police to take care.
REMEMBER THIS ……………
- If you are contacted by the Police, please obtain details of who they are. To check who they are, ask which area they work for, their Force ID (collar no.) and name.
- Do not give personal details or bank details over the phone. Legitimate callers wouldn’t ask for this.
- Call 101 and ask to be put through to that Officer.
If the caller is unwilling to give any of the above information then they are not calling for genuine reasons. The police will always be happy for you to check by calling back through the 101 number.
Avon and Somerset Police
For much more information about crime and policing issues including details of local crime and your community policing team based at Nailsea visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
National Neighbourhood Watch
For information on Neighbourhood Watch nationally visit www.ourwatch.org.uk