Issue 3 : Winter 2010 THE NEWSLETTER OF BELFAST NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Building Secure and Confident Communities JANUARY CO-ORDINATORS 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 STAY SAFE, STAY SECURE 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 SECURE YOUR Burglary remains a crime are most sought after by thieves. HOME 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 Estate of the individual Neighbourhood Alan, who is based at Email: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Watch could not succeed”.
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