Areas currently covered by Neighbourhood Watch Schemes
Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is very easy and is made easier by your Community Group Committee being the Primary Co-ordinator and main contact point between all the schemes and Nottinghamshire Police.
The ideal minimum number of houses on each scheme is ten and each scheme needs a co-oodinator. The reason for this is simply to keep the amount of time that each co-ordinator spends printing and distributing emails or phone messages - if a scheme co-ordinator is willing to look after more than ten houses, so much the better.
Messages to Neighbourhood Watch schemes are distributed by Nottinghamshire Police using an automated system called Ringmaster. Ringmaster can send messages either as a pre-recorded voice message or an email. Each co-ordinator gives the Nottinghamshire Police Neighbourhood Watch Adminstrator his/her telephone number or email address. Please note that due to the automated nature of the Ringmaster system, voice message are sent repeatedly until the call is answered - therefore it is better to have either an answering machine (which does make it easier to transcribe the message for distribution) or - best - an email address so that messages can be printed for distribution without the need for transcription.
Each scheme co-ordinator will also be the conduit for messages from residents to the Police.
The most important thing about each scheme is that it is kept "active". To help in this, each co-ordinator will be invited to the monthly Community Group Committee meetings. "Neighbourhood Watch" will always be the first item on the agenda so they do not have to hang around listening to the regular committee meeting. (Of course, they are most welcome to stay to hear what is going on in Wilford). The purpose of discussing Neighbourhood Watch at each meeting is to see how each scheme is faring, whether there are any problems and if there is anything that needs to be communicated to the whole of Wilford through the Community Notice Boards.
What next? If you feel that you are willing to set up and co-ordinate a Neighbourhood Watch in your area, this is what you need to do:
Firstly, drop a note through the houses near you that you think form a convenient group of houses to look out for each other and to whom you are willing to distribute messages. A sample note can be downloaded from the links below.
Secondly, complete the form at the end of the letter from the Neighbourhood Watch Administrator and send one copy to him and give a second copy to any Community Group Committee Member - click here for their details. When you have done this, the Administrator will send things like stickers and leaflets and you can also arrange to have Neighbourhood Watch signs erected on the lampposts in your scheme.
Thirdly, distribute your contact details to the scheme addresses so that the know how to pass on any information to you that they think will be useful to the Police. You should also try to get email addresses from your neighbours to make your job of distributing information easier - it might even be possible for you to set up an automated routine to forward emails that you receive from Ringmaster.
Document Links below are provided in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe Reader installed on your PC you can download it here for free. If you don't have Microsoft Word installed on your PC, you an download Word Viewer that allows you to view and print Word documents - click here to download it for free from the Nottingham City Council website.