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BAYS NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - East Coast Bays, North Shore

For the safety and protection of people and property in our area.

Neighbourhood Watch Group Setup

Prevention of crime, protection of people and property, and maintaining standards of safety in a community is the responsibility of everyone.  It should not be left just to Police or other agencies.  Here's a way for you to play your part.

Remember, the closest support in any situation is that of your neighbours.  Get to know them.

Here is an outline of what you might do to set up your Neighbourhood Watch group.

GROUP SETUP

1.  SPEAK WITH NEIGHBOURS

Firstly, speak to your neighbours and work out who may be best to initially organise your group.  It might be a team effort with different people contributing in a variety of ways.

2.  SCOPING - Plot the scope

Aim to involve say 20 households as this should provide a good spread of contacts.  Frequently a group consists of residences / businesses within view of each other's properties and situated close enough to respond to any occurrence.  Including properties up right of ways or pathways allows egress routes to be covered.

3.  ORGANISE A MEETING

Obtain pamphlets about Neighbourhood Watch from the Police and canvas the neighbours in your proposed group with the concept.  Ascertain how many are interested in attending a meeting to set up a  Neighbourhood Watch group.  Gauge the most convenient time.

4.  ARRANGE A VENUE

Organise a suitable venue for your proposed gathering.  It might be someone's large lounge, garage or even garden for a barbeque on a fine day.

5.  ARRANGE A SPEAKER

Contact BaysWatch - the Neighbourhood Watch network for East Coast Bays or Bays Community Constable River Lamb and book one or the other to speak to your meeting.  

6.  INVITE PEOPLE

When those few things above have been arranged, ONLY then send out an invitation to households or businesses in your proposed group.  It's really best to take something around and talk to people in person.  You are more likely to create an interest in the event and get them along.

7.  PLAN MEETING AGENDA

You will need to get hold of a sufficient number of things to display or hand out like - pamplets, security info or samples, map of area, display stickers for houses and letterbox, etc.
At your meeting your speaker will provide an overview of Neighbourhood Watch in structure and general practice, make available pamphlets and display samples of security devices.  Your group will be provided with crime prevention advice.

It does help to allow people to have a chat socially after the meeting so putting on a cup of tea and a snack.

8.  AGREE ON A CO-ORDINATOR

Your meeting MUST agree on a Group Co-ordinator and a couple of deputies to carry on the group aims.  They will be the point of contact for the NW Network and a point of contact for Police in the event of local activity.

9.  GET CONTACT INFO

Have everyone at the gathering provide (if they are willing) -

-  Their contact details phone, fax, cellphone and email to make communication easy.

-  Away from home numbers (eg work or regular haunt) so that any neighbour can make contact to check about any suspicious activity back home.

-  Skills and resources information.  It may be very useful to know if there is a doctor or a fireman or an ambulance officer in your very neighbourhood.

Agree amongst yourselves that such contact information will only be for making up a phone list for your group and not for any other purpose.  Allow for a copy to be distributed to all participants.

10.  INCLUDE CHILDREN

Aim to include children as part of your observation resource.  They often see more of what is going on around the neighbourhood.  They need the right  encouragement to report such things to a responsible adult for checking out anything suspicious.

11.  PLAN PROGRAMME

Plan to have several more review meetings to consider suggestions for improving your group and adopting the most favoured ones.  An added incentive to these meetings may be a speaker on an interesting related subject.  After that you might plan a refresher gathering on a 6-monthly or annual basis.  Some street groups have a regular annual barbeque.

12.  BE ADAPTABLE

Your group should best fit the aims, needs and aspirations of your members so they all feel it is a worthwhile way of adding to their security and the friendliness of their neighbourhood.

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For more information please refer to Neighbourhood Watch contacts on this page . . . .  Bayswatch Structure


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