National Alert is the default national system that is used by most police forces throughout Britain. All police forces used Neighbourhood Alert and the side-kick Ourwatch, to organise messaging and Neighbourhood Watch groups.
That is until somebody came up with the idea to create OWL.
I feel incredibly privileged to be the Membership Administrator for Ourwatch in Tower Hamlets and as such have first-hand information to what is actually happening.
I can see that last week alone, almost 3,500 people in England and Wales signed up for Neighbourhood Alerts and none of those were in inner London. There are more than 900.000 registered members.
I am asking myself, why do some Londoners want to be behind the rest of the country?
It takes one national administration to sent out an alert message to reach every person in the country. But all those who are only registered on OWL won’t get that message until each local OWL admin has copied and pasted that message into OWL. All important messages I received from OWL, came through National Alert or Ourwatch first.
I really do not understand what came over those break-away boroughs who decided on OWL.
I am registered on both systems and as user, I get the fastest, most relevant messages through Neighbourhood Alert long before I get anything relevant from the OWL system.
There are currently only 12 boroughs who use OWL, why?
I see OWL merely as a mailing list used by the Met Police in Tower Hamlets. As such all our coordinators must be registered with OWL. But of course through OWL, coordinators cannot communicate with their watch members, they need to set up a system on Ourwatch to do so.
I have written to Met Police Central Command about the issue. Why won’t the Met Police forces, who pay for OWL not pay for having first-rate access to the National Alert system? Why won’t they share data?