Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Neighbourhood Watch Audit - the Results
In our last Haughton West Community News, we wrote about an audit of Neighbourhood Watch across the ward, and we asked the local police for their help. Neighbourhood Watch is one of the best front-line defences we have against crime, and it helps everyone feel that bit safer. It’s a great way for all of us to look out for our neighbours, especially those who might be vulnerable.
We now have the results – many thanks to Vicky Ord at Darlington Police for her assistance.
There are 23 members of Neighbourhood Watch across the ward (to put that in context, there are about 4,200 adults and 2,500 properties in Haughton West). Not a great figure, but by no means the worst apparently in the town.
Rather than list all the streets which don’t have a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, it is quicker and easier to list those that have. So here they are;
Balmoral Road, Cairngorm Drive, Beauly Drive, Cragwellside, Danby Court, Glamis Road (has 2!), Hardwick Close, Hercules Street, Hutton Avenue, Idaho Close, Inglewood Close, Largo Gardens, Leven Gardens, Littlebeck Drive, Mendip Grove, Moray Close, Nightingale Avenue, Rockwell Avenue & Sparrow Hall Drive.
By our reckoning, that means that around 57 streets in the ward have no active Neighbourhood Watch presence.
We’d encourage everyone to think about joining up to the scheme – or re-joining, if you once were a member and for whatever reason have drifted away. It is not time-consuming, and is one small way we can all do something for our community as well as ourselves.
As you may have seen in the Echo last month, Francis Jones, the self-styled community protector who runs the for-profit Sparta set-up, had the front to describe his two-bit organisation as the Neighbourhood Watch for the 21st Century. I beg to differ - I think people are still community minded enought to look out for each other - Neighbourhood Watch is more relevant than ever, and we don't need Jones' Keystone Cops outfit in our streets.
If you are interested in joining up to Neighbourhood Watch, simply contact Vicky Ord, the Community Liaison Officer for the Police, who is based at the Central House Annex in Gladstone Street. Her direct line number is 346832, mobile 0781 3675733. Vicky can also be contacted by email – her address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do sign up and you live in Haughton West, please let me know, so we can promote progress via our newsletters. We will be reminding everyone about Neighbourhood Watch when we circulate our Street Surgery Notices in future.
NEWSFLASH - after circulating a version of the above post in our Haughton West e-newslketter, one resident has already come foreward to give his name as a co-ordinator. Let's see if we can't get 9 more people signed up by the end of the summer!