Don’t waste time, report the crime

The fear of losing time, getting involved and extra complications, hinders people from reporting crime.

Just do it anonymously. The Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association, enables you to report crime completely anonymously in E1, E2, E3, E14.

All we ask is

  • time
  • date
  • place
  • description (optional)
  • create yourself a reference
  • up-load
    • voice file
    • video
    • doc

We do not monitor your email, IP address or phone numbers.

Just do it!!!

The neighbour you get to know

  • is less likely to get involved with criminals
  • is less likely to be exploited by criminals
  • is probably less paranoid
  • will help improve community safety

Community anonymity can help produce paranoia in people, so that school children for example may believe those who tell them they need knives to protect themselves because there is danger around. That myth can be broken down by simply talking to neighbours and this connection produces a greater feeling of security in people and also children.

Saying Hello can bring so many advantages like

  • community cohesion
  • harmonious relationships
  • helping each other out and that in turn can lead to a reduction in the carbon footprint because if neighbours who know each other can help each other out, they all need to purchase less and throw less away.

Isolated people are more likely to fall victim to scammers of all kind. Scammers collect money from people, which avoids taxation. Every penny spent on a scammer is a penny less for our NHS, our schools and our police services.

Criminals target lonely, vulnerable people to use their homes to store drugs, weapons, as base for heists, storing explosives.
If they see that neighbours talk to each other, they would not bother invading your community. Every property used by criminals makes our communities weaker.

We want our co-ordinators to get to know their neighbours. Start a watch in your block, your street and once you got to know those neighbours, start to get to know other co-ordinators and combine efforts, run events and make your community stronger.

Apply for membership in the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association

Fake job listings scam

Criminals are using the potential rise in unemployment as an opportunity to advertise fake job listings that require little skills or qualifications and offer high salaries.

Applicants are generally asked to pay an upfront fee to cover the cost of DBS checks or training programmes for jobs that don’t exist, with job descriptions taken from genuine companies to convince you they’re real.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Make sure you conduct your own due diligence before applying for any jobs and avoid sharing your personal information such as your National Insurance number and passport details unless you’re absolutely certain both the company and role are genuine.

If you’re concerned about a job scam you can report it to a trade association such as the REC, APSCo or TEAM, and to SAFERjobs using their online reporting tool#TakeFive#StopChallengeProtect

Design and win a Croods 2 treehouse

In partnership with Universal’s The Croods 2: A New Age and Co-op Insurance Neighbourhood Watch Network are super excited to launch a competition to design a CROODS 2 INSPIRED TREEEHOUSE and WIN IT for your LOCAL COMMUNITY.

We want children up to the age of 16 to design their very own #Croods2Treehouse for their local community. What’s more, the winning entry will be brought to life and built within a nearby Wildlife Trust location to be enjoyed by the public for years to come.

Visit co-opinsurance.co.uk/croods2 for details on how to enter! Visit ourwatch.org.uk/croods2 for more information on the partnership and how to share this campaign within your area.

Cybercrime survey

We want to invite you to take part in the latest survey about cybercrime.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R36YCDR

Your answers will be very helpful in enabling us to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales today. It will also help us with the ongoing development of the Cyberhood Watch initiative, and our general response to cybercrime prevention.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your time and support is greatly appreciated Some of you may recall that we ran this survey previously in November last year. We would like to get a sense of how things have changed since then, and how the impact of Covid-19 has had an effect on your online experiences.

There is an optional prize draw of a £50 M&S voucher you can enter at the end, as a thank you for your cooperation.

Real or scam?

Are you aware of the tactics used by criminals to trick you into parting with your money and information?

The creation of spoof websites that imitate those of trusted organisations by using their official branding and logos are used by criminals to obtain your personal and financial information.

These may also include small changes to the website’s URL which can be hard to spot at first. #Protect your money from falling into the hands of criminals by avoiding clicking on links in emails and texts. Instead login to your account directly using a secure webpage or app.

You can also contact an organisation directly using a known email or number for further support.

If you receive a scam email forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk and scam texts to 7726. If a scam text claims to be from your bank, then you should also report it to your bank.