People often think they do not need Neighbourhood Watch or connect to Neighbours to meet and greet because
- not much is happening –
- all are happy –
- there is little crime –
- never had a problem –
- if something happens help arrives quickly –
Often, it gets underestimated how much problems can affect a person(s) emotionally and throw you off balance. Suddenly all rationale goes out of the window and the emotions and fear kick in.
Calling 999, 101, reporting does not always have the desired outcome. It depends on the type of crime or ASB happening.
Being a member in a local Neighbourhood Watch groups helps to create resilience and resistance to emotional stress.
We hold monthly drop ins and give advice for those attending. People who do not think it is necessary to attend, often then send large amounts of emails begging for help with a situation they cannot cope with.
This then becomes hard to cope with not only for the sender but also for the recipient.
Having steady local contacts is often the best defence against sudden onslaughts of criminal problems. To solve some crimes can take time. Police need to gather intelligence, landlords need to prepare evictions, councils require evidence.
Be smart take part in Neighbourhood Watch
Once you have submitted your initial report and obtained a reference number, you can use that reference number and submit further evidence to police.
However, keeping a cool head is the most important tool in our box.
Admittedly it is a problem that the various systems now in place and available do not perfectly work together. We need to take the pieces of services that are available and useful to us and use them.
Check out our portals in the menu on the top of the site.
Police in London
- no longer accept submission of evidence via the Self-Evident App.
- do not use the Neighbourhood Alert App
We have various portals, which do not connect together. We need to build a committee, which is able to negotiate a feasible strategy to deal with information flow and practical solutions.