Cover Watches are area/community based Watches that use social media to communicate across a large number of residents that would normally overwhelm a co-ordinator of a street-Watch.
We want to adapt this scheme because it seems very useful. In one area of Surrey, one third of all residents have signed up to cover schemes. This means tens of thousands of residents have signed up. This is an incredibly impressive participation.
Each Cover-Watch has a co-ordinator, but they are also an administrator of the social-media Group and manage the quality of the posts.
All Cover Watches meet the standards laid down by Tower Hamlets NHW. They may be an existing Residents’ Association group, or a local community group, or one set up specifically for NHW. In all cases they are able to use the copyrighted NHW logo in their site and abide by a governance that needs to be followed.
These have been brought together in a Code of Practice. Any NHW Cover-Watch needs to meet this code as closely as possible. The Code has been sent to Tower Hamlets Police and its contents are aimed at ensuring the Cover-Watch is managed well and that the Police will be able to use any evidence or intelligence passed to them from the Group. These top cover Watches have been called “Cover-Watches”, but they can just as easily be thought of as Area-Watches.
The largest area a Cover-watch can be established for in Tower Hamlets is the SNT Ward area, of which there are 20. You must register with Ourwatch for the purpose of mapping your cover watch. Contact us for permission to set up such a Cover Watch.
For these social media Groups to be able to use the copyrighted NHW logo in their site there are a number of areas of governance that need to be followed. These have been brought together in a Code of Practice. Any NHW Cover-Watch needs to meet this code as closely as possible. The Code of Practice can be downloaded <here>.