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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of people enquired about signing up for Neighbourhood Watch and I gave out window stickers to help protect people’s dwellings.
19 – 25 July 2021, making Tower Hamlets a safe place for all our residents.
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.
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:
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.
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.