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New virtual Neighbourhood Watch

Northumbria Police
14 Oct 2010

The first 'virtual' Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Schemes in the Northumbria Police force area are starting in North Tyneside.

The on-line initiative means that residents can sign up to the benefits of NHW without having to leave their homes to attend meetings.

Community Support Officer Tim Cousins, from Killingworth Neighbourhood Policing Team, who is organising the initiative said: "The beauty of a 'virtual' scheme is that people can pick up information about crime prevention and crime alerts about incidents happening in their neighbourhood when it's convenient for them to do so, via their home computer or in some cases their web enabled mobile phones.

"Traditional schemes mean setting up regular meetings which for many people nowadays simply don't fit in with their busy work and social lives. These new schemes give members all the involvement of a traditional NHW, from the comfort of their own homes."

The first two schemes are starting in Forest Gate, in Forest Hall and Rocket Way, Meadway and Lilac Avenue in Killingworth. Officers are distributing leaflets to homes in these areas to encourage residents to join the schemes. Those interested can sign up on-line to the NHW mailbox. Members will receive regular emails update from local Neighbourhood Policing Team officers.

CSO Cousins added: "This type of virtual scheme has been used successfully in Nottingham and we're keen to try it out in North Tyneside too. We hope if these schemes go down well to extend them to other areas too."

Please note, no personal details or email addresses will be shared with any other members.


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