Category: Neighbourhood Watch

Borough commander news

Borough commander news

I want to express a thank you to our former BCU Commander Mr Mike Hamer, who left service yesterday. He spent a long time in Central East BCU, concluding his long career as borough commander for Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Under his command Tower Hamlets managed to reduce the rating of the borough from worst for ASB to third worst in the national context.

Many thanks also for mentioning the volunteer involvement in the boroughs, this includes us, the members of Neighbourhood Watch in Tower Hamlets. Our new watch signs, show the Met Police logo as well as the Council logo.

Hopefully Mr Hamer will consider joining Neighbourhood Watch with an active role at his place of residence. Neighbourhood Watch – Ourwatch is a national organisation, and you can join wherever you live and transfer membership to a new borough by simply changing your address on the system. We’d also encourage all residents, councillors and business operators to join Neighbourhood Watch to get a bigger impact.

Welcome to the interim Commander, Det. Supt Dan Rutland, who fills in until the new Borough Commander James Conway will take over this post. As he is from Special Operations, we will have a person in charge who is well equipped to deal with the many types of problems we encounter in our vicinity including routine interrupting demonstrations and criminal gangs who try to operate in our borough.

I display the final message from Mr Mike Hamer below for your kind attention.

Neighbourhood Crime and ASB Board

The Tower Hamlets Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is a statutory requirement of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

The Neighbourhood Crime & ASB Board is a strategic subgroup of the Community Safety Partnership. Here Tower Hamlets Council work with partners to look at how we collectively tackle low level crime and ASB across the borough.

We are very happy to accept a place on this board to represent Neighbourhood Watch in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

There is the Neighbourhood Management Pilot project going on.

The board meets on a quarterly basis and includes representation from

  • Tower Hamlets Council
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Safer Neighbourhood Board
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Poplar Harca
  • Tower Hamlets Homes
  • Voluntary Community Sector
  • Neighbourhood Watch

Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association has accepted the invitation to represent Neighbourhood Watch in the borough from next year 2023.

Open evening

Open evening

Networking, meeting others, ask questions, talk to partners.

Friday, 28. October 2022, 19:00 – 21:00, Glasshouse Community Centre

light refreshments provided, welcome to bring and share. Calendar

confirmed attendees

  • Representative from Met Police Community Volunteers recruitment
  • Ward Panel members and chairs from various areas
  • Trustees from the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association

invited

  • Chris Weavers, Chair of Safer Neighbourhood Board
  • All councillors
  • All residents of Tower Hamlets
National hate crime awareness week

National hate crime awareness week

Organised by NationalHCAW from 8. to 15. October 2022

See the events planned for the whole week nationally and locally

Report Hate Crime

 What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

They can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. 

What is a hate incident?

Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. 

For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use the True Vision website to report non-crime hate incidents. 

The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.

Why should I report hate crime?

Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.

By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else.  You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your life.

How can I report Hate Crime?

 There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:

In an emergency

  • call 999 or 112.
  • If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. However, you will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergencySMS first. See the emergencySMS website for details(opens in new window).

2. Contact the police

  • Who you can speak to in confidence. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you. Contact your local police force, either by telephone or by visiting your local police station. Details on how to contact your local police force can be found at www.police.uk  (opens in new window).

3. Report online

  • You can report online using the facility on this website.  Go to the ‘Reporting online’ page (opens in new window).

4. Self-reporting form

  • You can download the self reporting form and send this to your local police force. The forms, including an Easy Read version, can be found on the ‘Report a hate crime’ page (opens in new window).

5. Third party reporting centres

  • Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Voluntary Services etc can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support. The ‘Organisations that can help’ page has a list of those organisations that may be able to help you (opens in new window).

6. Crimestoppers

  • If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Tell them what you know 100% anonymously. Always. Speak up. Stop crime. Stay safe.

More information listed on the police funded True Vision website.

www.report-it.org.uk

Civic Memorial Service

The Tower Hamlets Civic Memorial Service to give thanks for the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

All Saints Church, Poplar

Thursday, 15. September 2022

beginning with a procession from outside 

The Idea Store in Chrisp Street Market at 5:30pm

All are welcome

A Book of Condolence will be open for signing 

Flowers may be laid on the church steps

I believe that Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman is taking part. 

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a supporter of Neighbourhood Watch and awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to volunteers see here

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012 was given to James Maddan, when he was the chair of the former London Neighbourhood Watch Association. He was awarded an OBE in 2015 when he was chair of the National Neighbourhood Watch Network. 

Please attend if you can.

Today is the Tower Hamlets Proclamation at 3pm, which will be broadcast live on this web player. Please tune in if you can. 

Community Safety Charter

Community Safety Charter

COMMUNITY SAFETY CHARTER launched to tackle crimes in public spaces

The Community Safety Charter, encourages everyone from individuals, Neighbourhood Watch groups, businesses, and organisations to take an active stance against crimes in public spaces, such as harassment, hate crime, and antisocial behaviour.   

The Charter tagline is #BETHECHANGE, focusing on the role of active bystanders in leading the change within their communities. The Charter supports greater understanding about how we recognise and deal with community safety issues and support victims by knowing where to get help, how and who to report to, enabling a more positive, proactive approach by the whole community when witnessing or experiencing confrontation, hostility, or harassment.  

Get this post card to give to your neighbours and friends, contact us

Do I need to make a pledge? We are delighted to invite you to sign up to the Charter.  By signing up individuals, businesses, organisations, and groups pledge to four actions:

·  PROMOTE –        promote a culture that does not tolerate harmful language, antisocial behaviour and hostility toward others

·  ENABLE –             enable others to identify and take an active stance to prevent harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation within their community

·  REPORT –             actively encourage and support others to report harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation and share intelligence about these crimes with the relevant authorities

·  SUPPORT –          support those affected by harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation and refer victims to the appropriate support agency  

What will I receive when I sign up? You will receive a printable poster, individual pledges to share on social media, and a comprehensive information pack on a specific topic or crime every two months which you can share with your staff/volunteers/colleagues/friends. The topics covered in the first year are:  

·  harassment
·  hate crime
·  antisocial behaviour
·  being an active bystander
·  dealing with confrontation
·  leading the change in our communities   

Where can I find out more?

·  Watch an interactive presentation here
How do I sign up? Simply complete the online form on ourwatch.org.uk/charter. Once you have signed up, we will contact you with you within 5 working days to share the first information pack and other resources.    Please share the details of the Charter with your networks and encourage them also to sign up and share it.    #BeTheChange   Central Support Team | NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
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Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF CREATING SAFER, CONNECTED AND ACTIVE COMMUNITIES Please note: This email has been sent to all Neighbourhood Watch supporters within our network  

Are you Okay?

Are you Okay?

Our latest campaign asks you to become an active bystander when you feel safe to do so.

Street harassment is on the rise and is often not an isolated incident. We know the long-term impact can harm mental health and change people’s behaviour. Victims often feel guilty, ashamed, and blame themselves. 

Witnessing street harassment and not safely intervening sends the message to those experiencing it that it’s okay and society normalises it. Ongoing acceptance of street harassment contributes to a toxic culture. We want to change this, but we need your help.

Our campaign targets bystanders (those who witness street harassment), be those Neighbourhood Watch members or not. 

The campaign encourages those who see someone being harassed in public to ask the victim if they are okay when they feel safe doing so. Those three little words let them know that they stand by them and that street harassment is never okay.

‘This simple action is a delay technique and part of the 5Ds of bystander intervention developed by Right to Be. By asking, ‘Are you okay?’ we become active bystanders and send the message that harassment is not okay. There are further actions that people can take, but our campaign focuses on the simplest step everyone can take.’  Deborah Waller, Head of Communications and Digital, Neighbourhood Watch Network

Watch this short video, or learn more about what we mean by street harassment, what else can be done about it, and reporting and support for victims by visiting ourwatch.org.uk/streetharassment.

Visit ourwatch.org.uk/areyouokay to download all the resources you might need to support our campaign and share this message far and wide.

AGM 2022

AGM 2022

Our first Annual General Meeting as registered Charity was successfully held at a Community Centre.

The opening speech by Deputy Mayor Maium Talukdar praised Neighbourhood Watch as an important and useful community initiative coupled with a promise that the current administration will bring back the ‘A dealer a day’ countering drug dealing strategy in the borough.

Thankfully partners from the Tower Hamlets Community Safety Partnership, which includes Met Police and the Tower Hamlets ASB Team were represented by

The yearly report was presented by the chair, please read the full version on the Charity Commission website here.

It is within the rules of the CIO Constitution, that all Trustees and officers resign at the AGM and then re-affirm their commitments and/or stand for officers positions.

We established a new panel of officers with a new chair, details on the Ourwatch website.

Thankfully those attending showed significant interest in bringing our charity forward and we received no less than four new Trustee applications, three of which have been added to our profile.

As this meeting coincided with the 40th birthday celebrations from the National Neighbourhood Watch Network, who distributed certificates for voluntary services over 5, 10, 25, 40 years, we were able to present awards to people who spent a lot of their free time helping their community in various ways and especially related to community safety.

We are happy to continue the good work by holding regular quarterly trustee meetings and by improving the service to Neighbourhood Watch groups in the borough.

Join us by

  1. Registering
  2. creating / joining a watch group
    1. groups are created by using a mapping tool to draw around your chosen area
    2. groups are joined by selecting from a menu of available groups on the Ourwatch site.
    3. watches are then published on the Ourwatch website (sample) search here
  3. Verifying
  4. join meetings

As the borough Association, we administer all membership generated via the Ourwatch website or people who contact us directly.

The local dynamic

Keeping the momentum of the Platinum Jubilee 2022 going is on everybody’s mind who managed to improve relationships with neighbours during Neighbourhood Watch Week 2022, which celebrated 40 years of Neighbourhood Watch. The Eden Project Communities have created wonderful memories on various platforms, when they actually sent people to record the Platinum celebrations in various localities.

We had the benefit of TV appearances of both our CEO John Hayward-Cripps and Head of Membership Cheryl Spruce with founding member Colleen Atkins. Also the day-time favourite series doctors saw the local police officer recommending joining a Neighbourhood Watch group. Cheryl will also speak at our AGM.

Isn’t it commendable that Colleen met with her neighbours over a period of 40 years?

Creating that sense of community is very important to us but Covid put a spanner in our works and we resolved this with electronic communications methods. Whilst many worked from home, the use of Teams and Zoom increased dramatically and social media, as well as WhatsApp drew in many members.

Our WhatsApp group became very popular and grew tremendously. Yet, now we can walk and talk with our neighbours in person again. Reaching out to neighbours is often easier in person. Whilst it is of course a must to register with Ourwatch for formal membership and creating a lasting record of members with the ability to store safely group documents and communications, we mustn’t forget how important it is to actually meet with the people who register online.

We now have a weekly coffee morning for all who wish to speak about their local issues, see event calendar. Booking appointments is also still possible for those who happen to work on Thursday mornings.

We want our local groups to be as independent as possible but also stay informed. We have now created a new WhatsApp group, which informs only and gives our co-ordinators and members the ability to get the Borough Command Unit Partnership messages without fuss via our WhatsApp channel, which is exclusively used for Ourwatch members. Please join Ourwatch and confirm that you wish to be added.