Author: Johanna Kaschke

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Registration

Our main membership hub is Ourwatch. It has a network of over 1 Million signed up members in the UK and reaches over 1/3 of all residents with the messages we send.

Even if you cannot find an existing watch group in your area, continue to register and you will benefit from excellent crime prevention messages and other information sent my your local and national membership administration volunteers/staff.

Join the borough Association and have a vote in the running of it.

Our first public meeting

Since our Charity registration was completed with the Charity Commission, we held our first public meeting with surprising results.

It was refreshing to hear how openly, those attending, discussed their personal, professional and public issues to do with personal and community safety.

Tower Hamlets Community Safety Officer John Fortune and 3 Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods Officers and Anne Ambrose, who sits on the Safer Neighbourhood Board, discuss Community Safety at our meeting. As well as No Place for Hate representative Benedicta Dikeocha and Junior Lawyer President Avion Headley all spoke on the issue of Race Hate and equality.

Pictures do not show all those attending. Minutes of the meeting are published here.

We thank all those attending meetings and seeing us at other public events, those who ask questions and want to know more about Neighbourhood Watch.

Then those who come to see us from other areas of London are always very pleased to hear that they can register with any address in Great Britain on the same website Ourwatch and get automatically allocated to their local scheme, area representative and connect to their local borough or force association.

That became especially clear at the recent HARCA event on Teviot estate.

It became clear that publications, which describe OWL as advanced solution for police & communities, are in fact not correct as OWL is not as advanced as it is described on this Council website.

An Ourwatch mapping system, showing both street based watches and a social media cover watch.
  • The most important issue is that the vast majority of crime prevention alerts are sent out via Ourwatch or Neighbourhood Alert to all those registered with those services. I know that from personal experience as I am both registered with OWL and Ourwatch. Those messages sent through Ourwatch reach over 1/4 of the UK population, whilst OWL hardly ever sends out crime alerts and OWL messages reach only a very limited number of recipients. In fact we get more messages on open platform Twitter than from OWL.
  • Watch registration is more advanced on Ourwatch as you actually have a choice to map your watch area to an area of your choice – if available – and you are not forced to accept a whole post code for your watch area but you also have a choice to have several post codes as your watch area and can run more than one watch scheme both on the streets and online. You can register a watch encompassing a street, an estate or only one building.
  • On our version of OWL, there are no co-ordinators listed, whilst on Ourwatch you can create, maintain and develop your own scheme. OWL is available only in a very small area of Britain (a few London boroughs) and doesn’t interconnect with the rest of the national system.

Teviot Summer Festival

A well-organised community festival, which enabled me to open a stall to advertise for Neighbourhood Watch. We already have a Neighbourhood Watch group on the estate and people came to enquire about scams and how to improve their own situation in the place they live.

Crissy Townsend is an outstanding community activist who founded the Teviot Community Action Group
This is I, the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch membership administrator. I also helped visitors from other areas of England with signing up for Neighbourhood Watch, as you can sign up from anywhere in Britain and act within your local community as volunteer.
I was very pleased that Unmesh Desai, from the London Assembly and Councillor Kahar Chowdhury, chair of the Labour group Strategic Development Committee and Cabinet member for Highways and Public Realm posed for pictures and Unmesh also follows us now on Twitter.

A lot of people enquired about signing up for Neighbourhood Watch and I gave out window stickers to help protect people’s dwellings.

Impact report 2021


Following the success of last year’s first-ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Report, we are delighted to share this year’s Impact Report for 2020/21.

This report builds on last year with data and case studies demonstrating the continued hard work, dedication, and impact of our 90,000 volunteers and 2.3 million household members.
The report demonstrates how we are achieving each of our three ambitions within our 5-year strategy, which we embarked upon last year, namely:

– Being the authoritative voice on community-based crime prevention
– Being the most popular gateway for citizens to engage in their locality
– Being a recognised contributor to community health and wellbeing.
 
In addition to preventing crime and the fear of crime, we have made a significant impact in supporting communities, especially through the Covid-19 challenges. 

As many charities have experienced, we have adapted the way we work and learned new ways to improve our services to serve our communities better. Whilst the restrictions have been relaxed over the Summer, we know we are not yet through these difficult times, and our role within communities is still just as much in demand as it was at the start of the pandemic.

None of the work we do would have been possible without people like you who support the work we do and the values we stand for. We want to thank you for your ongoing, unwavering support.

New stickers

Our post explained that at least 13% of criminals are deterred when seeing Neighbourhood Watch stickers on a property.

We have taken delivery of new Neighbourhood Watch window stickers, which also double up as reminders for Cyberhood Watch.

If used on hard surfaces in-doors, you’ll only see the Cyberhood Watch stickers. They also peel off. Not to be used outside as they are not water proof.

We distribute the stickers at our drop in sessions or meetings. We note who takes the stickers and how many for our own records, so t hat we can measure how useful they are.

ASB Awareness week

19 – 25 July 2021, making Tower Hamlets a safe place for all our residents.

Briefing at Isle of Dogs Police station with Councillor Sirajul Islam

All week police teams, THEOs go through different areas, searching for hidden weapons and drugs and talking to residents, business owners asking how the area can be made safer. We are trying to recruit Neighbouhood Watch members. A list of events is on our calendar.

Pets and heat

What a SCORCHER!

🌞Please take care of your canine companions in this weather.

The majority of them are pretty wearing a parka jacket with all that fur wrapped around them. Can YOU imagine wearing one today?

Don’t even get us started on leaving the dog in the car… ‘not for long’ is ALWAYS too long! 🤭Here’s a couple of reminders on how to keep your dog safe. Please share it, it could save a dog’s life.

Monthly drop-ins

We now run monthly drop-ins. 

18. September 2021 

16. October 2021 

20. November 2021 

18. December 2021 

and every third Saturday of each month thereafter

17:00 – 18:00, The Glasshouse, 161 Old Ford Road, London E2 9QB, Map. 

  • Learn how to report crime ASB online using your phone, tablet, computer
  • Speak to police constables
  • apply to become a member of the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association
  • Discuss your local watch development
  • order / pickup pre-ordered posters/stickers

31. August 2021, public meeting. See details

For all meeting dates please see the THNWA calendar, which also shows other events like the Knife prevention courses for parents, run by One Housing or Fraud and Cyber crime courses.

Online scams training

Online scams training

Following on from our Alert last week relating to yet another online scam to look out for, I am delighted to invite you to join us in July for a month of weekly online webinars to expose the truths behind scams. 

The webinars are FREE to attend and are open to anyone who would like to know more about scams, the psychology behind scams, prevention and how a fraud case is investigated.

The webinars bring together experts in their field relating to online fraud, a topic which we are all too familiar with and can affect anyone and everyone, as our lives are played out more digitally.

The dates of the webinars and their topics are as follows:

6th July, 5pm
Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes
Paul Maskell, Fraud & Cyber Crime Prevention Manager, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)

14th July, 5pm
Insights into how a fraud case is investigated and how not to be the next victim 

Ben Hobbs, Detective Sergeant; and Catriona Still, Head of Fraud Prevention & Training, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)

23rd July 5pm
Scams awareness training from the Friends Against Scams initiative
The National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST)

30th July, 5pm
Don’t get hooked by scammers! What you need to know about flubot and phishing scams
Christopher Budd, Senior Global Threat Communications Manager, Avast

How to book your place
You can click on the links within this message on each of the webinars topics to register your place or you can go to www.ourwatch.org.uk/webinars and click on the webinar that you wish to attend, you can attend all of them if you wish and so make sure that you complete the registration page for each of them.

Vaccine passport scam

Scam emails have been sent impersonating the NHS, regarding applying for a Covid vaccine passport. One had the email subject “We are happy to introduce Digital Coronavirus Passports” the contents is as follows;




Clicking on the “Get Digital Passport” link takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (For a “process fee”)

The website has since been taken down, but to reiterate your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, NHS website or via phoning the NHS on 119.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccination status

There are different ways to get your COVID-19 vaccination status:

Get a digital version

You can get a digital version using the NHS App or NHS website. You will need to set up an NHS login to do this.

Digital versions can be downloaded as a pdf or sent to you in an email.

You can get a digital version by:

 Get a paper version
(You can request a letter 5 days after having your 2nd dose of the vaccine.)

  • You can ask for a paper version of your COVID-19 vaccination status to be sent to you in the post.
  • You should get this within 5 working days.

You can get a paper version by:

More information can be found on the gov.uk website;

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad