Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Personal Attack Alarms
Evidence has shown that attackers panic on hearing a Personal Attack Alarm and their instinct is to flee the scene. It works so well that Police are recommending it strongly as a deterrent.
Last month we advised you to buy one but since then have acquired around 20 alarms from Durham Constabulary to give away free to Sedgefield residents. These are being snapped up, however we are expecting to receive a further supply from the Police and these will be made available free of charge at our next NHW Meeting on 11th December 2019.
We are also working with Durham Constabulary to acquire other crime prevention equipment items which will also be made available free of charge and include Shed Alarms, UV Pens, Plug in Timers, Window shock alarms, Purse Bells and Faraday Cages (for car keys).
In due course we will be compiling packs that can be loaned to residents who are going on holiday or leaving their premises unoccupied, which will include TV simulators and ‘Patlock’ heavy duty patio locks.
A Dash Cam for your house
Part of our loan pack mentioned above could be a ‘dash cam’ for your house! The ‘YI’ is a range of CCTV cameras that is nothing to do with Geordies but provides a sharp HD digital picture which is ideal for face recognition. They are totally independent, wireless, night vision cameras that are controlled remotely from your phone. This makes their position flexible with an easy plug and play operation. It can be placed on your window sill to be operated like a dash cam.
These cameras are very competitively price and show that protecting your property can be cost effective, in fact they are so inexpensive most buyers acquire two or three. Look up the YI on the web and let us know what you think via Facebook. PC Lamb at Sedgefield Police has confirmed that they will give full support to any CCTV evidence you provide.
Hopefully you have noticed our new yellow ‘Beware’ Neighbourhood Watch signs around our village. Volunteers have erected 22 signs to date and we would like to know if you think we need more and if so where they should be installed. The aim is to warn criminals that residents in the area are vigilant and will report suspicious activity. (The rest is up to you!)
Join our Facebook page
A new ‘Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch’ Facebook page has been launched as a way of exchanging information with Sedgefield residents. We are currently adding information so that you can keep up to speed on what we are doing but its also a vehicle for you all to contact us, raise concerns, get feedback and flag up suspicious activity.
Our Police Beat Team have reported that thankfully, the occurrence of crime in Sedgefield has recently reduced overall. However, it has not completely disappeared and shoplifting continues to be a problem at Sainsburys and the Co-op. This may be the calm before the storm as dark nights and Christmas are a favourite time for crime so please stay vigilant.
Illegal parking and speeding remain a concern and the Speed Watch initiative will continue where NHW and the Beat Team log speeding offences and the Police issue warnings.
Next NHW Meeting 11th December at 7pm in the Social Club (upstairs).
Please enjoy the festive season and remember to keep your doors locked , set your light timers, check on neighbours living alone, and don’t advertise the great gifts in your house by leaving the empty boxes on display outside!
Call 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org
. Crimestoppers Trust is a registered charity
Remember, crime isn’t as common as you think… but don’t be a victim.
Please lock up, stay safe and sleep well.
Local Police: Call 101
to report concerns, seek advice or pass on information. Always keep notes and ask for an incident number.
Crime Prevention Officer:
Rona Stocks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Community Cohesion Officer:
Faye Callan. 101 Extension 742317. Faye.email@example.com
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Any information we receive will be developed and acted upon.