Tag: 2021

Partnership with LCIJLD

We are happy to announce our newly formed partnership with London City Island Junior Lawyers Division and Law Society.

LCIJLD have recently become a CIC and were approved to become a Law Centre earlier this year. The advice services will support the community and they will be in a position to train staff and volunteers to help keep communities safe.

The areas of practice will offer services as follows;

  • Domestic and sexual violence
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Family Law
  • Crime
  • Employment
  • Immigration

In addition they will be training staff and young people to become apprentices which will in turn help rebuild the community.

There will also be a good opportunity for the police to work with members of the black community in Tower Hamlets and wider community to bring us all together.

Here is a link to their committee members: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/junior-lawyers/jld-local-groups

Here is a link to their website: www.lcijuniorlawyers.co.uk

Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021

Listen ! Talk ! Do !

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is that neighbourliness and community spirit is just as important
as ever.

Want to support you community but not sure where to start? Download our ‘How to do a conduct and environmental visual audit’ guide this Neighbourhood Watch Week to make a difference in your community.

Not sure what this is? An Environmental Visual Audit is when community members, police and representatives of other relevant agencies conduct a walk-through together of their neighbourhood to identify issues of concern.

These audits are intended to produce, through partnership working, detailed community reports to support crime reduction and encourage environmental improvements that enhance the quality of life for residents. They also create the opportunity for residents to highlight to partners how these issues make them feel about where they live. #LetsStayConnected Visit https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/nwweek

Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021 is an opportunity for us to develop the neighbourly relationships built throughout the pandemic.

Neighbourhood Watch Week – the perfect opportunity to engage with your community safely with a variety of LISTEN. TALK. DO! Activities from podcasts, to litter picks. Find what suits you-> https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/nwweek @n_watch

We are so excited to launch this podcast for Neighbourhood Watch Week in which the The Community Safety Podcast interviews John Hayward-Cripps on bringing Neighbourhood Watch Network into the 21st Century https://share.transistor.fm/s/92617d20

This Friday at 10am we will be supporting Neighbourhoodwatch with their Neighbourhood Watch Week-5th to 11th June! Take a listen to my interview with CEO John Hayward-Cripps! We look at how NHW is evolving in the 21st Century! #NeighborhoodWatch#community#volunteers

Neighbourhood Watch Week is here! This year let’s LISTEN. TALK. DO! with our neighbours. Life might be a little different at the moment, but this year there are more reasons than ever to get together for community, friendship and fun.

Why now kick off the week by taking party in The Big Lunch. Join in online, on your doorstep, or over the fence. #LetsStayConnected Visit https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/nwweek

Criminals abandon plans when they see Neighbourhood Watch

There are many people in London who come from war-thorn zones and areas of conflict. The suffering people endure in some parts of the world is horrific.

Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association cannot and will not take sides to prefer one side from the other. We do not apportion blame and we are not judgmental.

Neighbourhood Watch traditionally is a non-political movement. We are open to members from all religions, creeds, races, belief, sexual orientation, genders etc.

We want to reduce crime in our neighbourhoods and help people by giving crime prevention advice and build stronger communities. 13% of criminals would abandon plans if they see Neighbourhood Watch signs and window stickers.

Lower crime rates help people prosper and children can learn better.

Lost ID and bank cards

Everybody who sees people advertising

  • lost bus passes
  • ID cards
  • bank cards
  • keys
  • etc

on social media sites, should immediately query this with the site admin to take the posts down. No merchant or shop keeper should advertise lost bank cards on social media. Ideally shop keepers destroy all forgotten bank cards immediately.

It is significant that the losers of the cards do not ask for help finding them but it is the finders who advertise them without knowing whether the loser of the card actually uses Facebook.

Shop keepers have no method of ascertaining that a person having a bank card is actually entitled to have this card. Also advertising a bank card with name of the holder on a social media site leaves the bank card owner open to identity theft.

When a shop owner wants to return a lost bank card to a person then the shop owner has no way of ascertaining the entitlement of the card holder, even if they show ID to proof they are the owner of the card. The card could have been stolen or belong to somebody else.

Normally all card holders can claim replacements from the issuer. In the case of banks, card replacements are made free of charge.

Generally it is suspicious when a large amount of lost/found/cards are offered on any social media group.

If people find lost cards in train stations they can hand those in there and then to TFL or DLR staff.

When you find lost ID or bank cards in the street, either put in the bin and destroy it or hand in to local police station if you have the time.

Never advertise such items on social media for pick-up from private addresses or local shops.

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If people hang around long enough outside of train stations or bus stations, they can bet to find a lost travel card somewhere, if not more than one.

What happens then is that a person advertises this lost card on social media. Yesterday I came across a travelcard of a child being advertised on Facebook as lost.

Facebook told me they don’t mind this happening. Even though it breaches the privacy laws to publish the details of a minor without the parents’ consent, Facebook doesn’t mind.

Now not even TFL minds that their travel cards are advertised on Facebook, in the hope of -reuniting the card with the owner. TFL says they cannot stop this but do not take legal action either. TFL however, invited me to involve police if I think something is not as innocent as the card posters make out to be.

The poster on Facebook ascertains that even relatives who work in a school as staff are involved in this. I have not yet heard back from the school in question whether they mind that their staff and family are involved of advertising children’s lost travel card on Facebook or indeed whether the person connected to this actually and really works in the school.

Complications would arise if there is a common name on the card. So if two Peter Joneses lost their cards and the first one picks it up but it actually belongs to the second one, someone gets a lost travel card until the original owner reports it as lost to TFL, that is when it gets cancelled. There is quite a big movement on advertising lost travel cards on a Facebook group, that so far has attracted in excess of 25 k followers. TFL only cancels cards if the original owner tells them, not if they get to know the card is advertised as lost on Facebook. TFL in fact doesn’t mind that some persons advertise their lost cards on Facebook.

When it comes to bank cards the situation drastically changes. I have seen quite a few ‘lost’ bank cards advertised on Facebook. To be collected by the real owner in a local shop for example or the advertiser asks to contact him/her.

What I find especially worrying about bank cards is that the ‘finder’ has no way of ascertaining whether the card loser was the actual owner of the bank card or is indeed entitled to have it. It may be a stolen card or borrowed card or something similarly sinister.

In the case of lost travel cards the advertisers claim that poor people could not afford to replace the cards, as if they magically know that the loser is a poor person. But in the case of bank cards, such arguments do not hold water, as bank cards are replaced free of charge.

Then there are the lost keys advertised on Facebook. Quite amazing. I can imagine that if you are homeless a bunch of keys to a flat would be attractive to you, if it is advertised on Facebook. How indeed would the finder know how to sort out ownership of the keys.

People used to hand in lost items at police stations or in case of travel cards at TFL but now they put it on social media instead and I wonder what else happens.

Obviously only the loser of an items would know the item. For example on the day of my driving test I was so nervous that I lost my key in the local post office. Upon returning there the staff could remember the keys being lost and me and returned the keys to me. However had the keys been advertised on social media, quite a few people would have come forward to claim them. Or my daughter lost her travel card in a bus, the bus driver still had it on the return journey and could remember us and so returned it to me. But had this card been advertised on social media, it would have been different. There are quite a few people with that name on the card.

What is really important is that there is a degree of privacy between the card issuer and the card holder and the bond between the two is being interrupted by third persons who take on the role of re-distributing those cards to anyone who claims them thereby circumventing the genuine owner of the cards.

Those third parties, publish the names of card holders publicly without being challenged of doing so.

Enough, just right, too much

It’s quite easy now to host social media sites. Any webmaster can purchase software, scripts and get a hosting platform and spew out another social media site.

But, for us people who rely on communications, we find ourselves splitting ourselves in halves, quarters, fifth, sixth and wander form platform to platform to catch up on some news, that may or may not be relevant to us.

Police, councils, representatives post on Twitter, use YouTube, Facebook and the next contender is NextDoor. I found myself turning NextDoor off because the constant notifications were too much to bear. Even after I turned notifications off, Nextdoor still invited me to supply information to people who wanted to know about Catalytic Converter thefts. Why would others want to know about it? You should report such crimes to the police and discuss it with trusted local coordinators alone.

We are in touch with up to 90.000 other co-ordinators and borough associations and have been warned about problems with NextDoor. I removed NextDoor from all my devices.

The amount of Apps on the market easily fill all our phones with several pages full of Apps.

It’s becoming a de-fragmentation and nobody can flick from platform to platform on a constant basis. I think the whole purpose of social media has become fractured media. Too much of anything can become too much.

Even for police and security forces, having to monitor all those messaging services must be very intensive.

Just noticed that communications on social media platforms definitely work in favour of informing others. I am amazed how many people on one social media group on Facebook find lost debit cards and other ID methods and put pictures on the groups, as well as house keys, seems a method to message about something, but I’m not sure what, any ideas? People are asking for information on Catalytic converter thefts in areas, perhaps then they don’t bother going there as it has already been done there or they gather information for the purpose of ID theft or other criminal reasons.

Be careful where you talk about your personal circumstances problems.

SNT Ward Panels

Those are run in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams. Hence, they are called SNT Ward Panels.

Tower Hamlets is divided into 20 different Wards and each Ward should have a panel.

We currently want to find out how many people have problems getting to know about ward panels or sit on them.

Please complete our questionnaire here

Ward Panels typically meet around every 3/4 months per year. During those meetings ward panel members can decide towards local policing priorities in their ward. The document on the rules is published here.

SNT Ward Panel chair persons represent their ward at the Safer Neighbourhood’s Board. The document about this is published here.

Please complete the questionnaire, whether you know or not about SNT Ward Panels. If you tick, you do not know about them, that will give us valuable insight into how much people know about SNT Ward Panels.