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									                             Issue 3 : Winter 2010


                             Building Secure and Confident Communities

                                                                                                                  EVENT AT
                                                                                                                  CITY HALL
                                                                                                                  On January 13th 2010
                                                                                                                  Belfast Neighbourhood
                                                                                                                  Watch will be hosting
                                                                                                                  an event at the newly
                                                                                                                  refurbished City Hall.
                                                                                                                  The aim of the event is
                                                                                                                  to bring together all those
                                                                                                                  involved in Neighbourhood
                                                                                                                  Watch in the city to celebrate
                                                                                                                  the successes of the project
                                                                                                                  which began in 2004 and
                                                                                                                  which now boasts over

                                                                                                                  seventy schemes. Guest
                                                                                                                  speakers from the District
                                                                                                                  Policing Partnership, Police
                                                                                                                  Service of Northern Ireland
A regional advertising                it is timely to remind everyone      “Bogus callers depend on the           and Belfast City Council will
campaign to help prevent              that they should not open their      good nature and good will of           join the many co-ordinators
older people falling victim           door until they have thoroughly      others. They tend to target the        who manage the schemes
to bogus callers has been             checked the caller’s identity”.      more vulnerable members of             at a local level. Speaking
re-launched by Criminal                                                    our society and in particular          about the event Alan Gibson,
Justice Minister Paul                 He continued “This year              senior citizens. I would advise        Neighbourhood Watch
Goggins, MP.                          we are able to improve our           everyone to be cautious of             Development Officer for
                                      campaign with the support            unexpected callers.                    Belfast City Council, said,
Launching this year’s television      of the QUICK CHECK service -                                                ‘the January event is an
advertising campaign, Mr              a 24-hour freephone service          “Do not open the door unless           opportunity for all agencies
Goggins said; “Through the            providing householders with a        you know the individual. Simply        involved in Neighbourhood
re-launch of the ‘Stay Safe Stay      resource to check the identity       ring 0800 013 22 90 and your           Watch to say a big thank
Secure’ campaign we want to           of callers. I believe that this is   call will be answered by a trained     you to the volunteer
remind everyone - particularly        a very important factor that will    operator. They will take the details   Neighbourhood Watch
older people - to take sensible       improve the confidence of all        of the company which the caller        Co-ordinators who work
precautions when they are             the community.”                      claims to be visiting on behalf of,    tirelessly to make their
opening the door to a caller                                               then contact the organisation and      community a safer place
they are not expecting”.              Discussing the initiative, Acting    determine if the caller is genuine.    to live’.
                                      Assistant Chief Constable Nigel      If there is something suspicious
“Most callers will be genuine,        Grimshaw said:                       the operator will contact the
but with fewer daylight hours                                              police directly.”
  Issue 3 : Winter 2010         Belfast Neighbourhood Watch

Burglary remains a crime               are most sought after by thieves.
                                                                             There are five simple steps to      5. Consider installing and
of great concern for all               Car keys to assist in vehicle theft   protecting your home:                  using an intruder alarm
families and householders.             are also a great temptation for                                              in your home.
However, by introducing                the burglar.                          1. Close and lock all vulnerable,
simple preventative                                                             external doors and windows.      Neighbourhood Police Officers
measures, homeowners                   Burglary is, in the main, an                                              and Crime Prevention Officers
can minimise the risk to their         opportunistic crime rather than       2. Put high value, portable items   can advise householders on
property and possessions.              one where detailed prior planning        out of casual view.              simple crime prevention methods
                                       is applied and around 50% of all                                          to use to make their homes
Jewellery, mobile phones,              house burglaries in Belfast, occur    3. Report people involved in        safer. Just call 0845 600 8000
laptop computers, video game           through unlocked doors and               anti-social behaviour and        and ask to be put through
consoles and MP3 music players         windows. Therefore, by denying           loitering, to Police.            to your local Neighbourhood
can be found in many peoples           this simple opportunity to thieves                                        Policing Team.
homes and it is these small, easy      homeowners can reduce the risk        4. Consider additional security
to carry items of high value that      of their home being burgled.             lighting around your home.

                                                                             NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD
     UPDATED DATES                                                           WATCH DEVELOPMENT
     FOR FORTHCOMING                                                         OFFICER APPOINTED
     DPP MEETINGS                                                            In October Alan Gibson              “I would also like to pay
     North Belfast Sub-Group                                                 replaced Sean McCormick             tribute to my predecessor,
     Thursday 11 February at 7pm                                             as Neighbourhood Watch              Sean McCormick, who worked
     The Spectrum Centre, 331 Shankill                                       Development Officer for             tirelessly to both facilitate the
                                       Road                                  Belfast City Council. Below,        formation of new Neighbourhood
     East Belfast Sub-Group                                                  Alan outlines his hopes for         Watch schemes while supporting
     Monday 22 February at 7pm                                               Neighbourhood Watch in              those already in existence. In
     The Mount Business Centre, 2 Woo                                        the coming year.                    my new role as Neighbourhood
                                      dsto  ck Link
                                                                                                                 Watch Co-ordinator I intend to
     South Belfast Sub-Group
                                                                             “Neighbourhood Watch has            build upon the successes to
     Tuesday 9 February at 7pm
                                                                             been running in Belfast since       date and cement Neighbourhood
     Richview Regeneration Centre, 341
                                       Donegall Road                         2004 and to date there are over     Watch as the foremost
    West Belfast Sub-Group                                                   70 accredited schemes operating     community response to crime
    Monday 15 February at 7pm                                                in the City. This success is down   and anti social behaviour”.
    Highfield Community Centre, Highfield                                    to the hard work and dedication
                                                                             of the individual Neighbourhood     Alan, who is based at
    Email:                                            Watch Co-ordinators who run the     the Cecil Ward Building
    Telephone: 028 9027 0683
               028 9027 0684                                                 schemes at a local level. Without   4-10 Linenhall Street, can
    Textphone: 028 9027 0405                                                 their civic mindedness and desire   be contacted on 028 9032 0202,
                                                                             to make a contribution to the       079 2004 8052 or via email
                                                                             community, Neighbourhood  
                                                                             Watch could not succeed”.

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