Neighbourhood Watch in Central Bedfordshire
A new “Members Guide” has been published by the National NHW organisation.
Police & Crime Commissioner Elections
Kathryn Holloway was elected as Bedfordshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday, 5th May 2016. Kathryn officially took up Office on Thursday 12th May 2016.
Bedfordshire Police have introduced a new email address for residents to report nuisance and reckless behaviour by motorbike riders. See here for more details.
Beds Alert - the new Community messaging system provided by Bedfordshire Police.
“Beds Alert” has recently been introduced and replaces the previous Ringmaster messaging system. If you were subscribed to Ringmaster you should have been automatically transferred to Beds Alert. See here for more details.
Village-wide NHW Schemes: click here
What Does Neighbourhood Watch Do ?
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is one of the most effective crime reduction schemes ever devised. It simply requires is people to join together and apply positive crime prevention measures in their particular locality.
For people to live in safer neighbourhoods, the early detection and reporting of crime is essential. NHW does this by supporting households:
NHW and the Local Community
As a key element in the voluntary sector, NHW has close links with the Police and Community Safety Partnerships. The Central Bedfordshire Association also works with Town and Parish Councils to promote NHW and to broaden the impact of safer neighbourhoods throughout Central Bedfordshire.
As Chairman of the Central Bedfordshire NHW Association, I hope you find the information and links provided on this website useful and relevant.
If you are not yet a member of a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Scheme, then I would certainly extend my invitation for you to join one or, if necessary, to start up a new Scheme where you live. Please look at the “Getting Involved” section of this website, which provides all the information you need.
Additionally, there is a general enquiry form you can use to contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with the assistance you need to get joined up with NHW.
No-one wants to live in fear of crime or to feel unsafe in their home. By working together, we can help to protect each other’s property and achieve safer neighbourhoods to live in.
Chairman Central Bedfordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
Nationally, the Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch Network (NHWN) represents all NHW members across England and Wales. It is the body that engages with the Home Office and other partners at the strategic level.
Neighbourhood Watch Organisation in Central Bedfordshire
In Central Bedfordshire, NHW groups are community run initiatives that are supported by the Police, but are not run by them. Each NHW group is referred to as a “Scheme” and one person is nominated to act as a “Street (Scheme) Coordinator”.
The Street Coordinator manages the individual Scheme and ensures that regular contact and communication is made to keep members informed and active.
An Area Coordinator is appointed to look after all the NHW Schemes operating in a designated locality. They provide advice, support and resources to the individual Street Coordinators and act as a communication link to the Police and the local NHW Association.
In Bedfordshire, there are 3 individual NHW Associations that coordinate and manage NHW in their respective areas. These are Bedford & District, Luton and Central Bedfordshire.
The Central Bedfordshire Association provides overall supervision to the NHW Schemes in 40 separate locations throughout Central Bedfordshire.
The Central Bedfordshire Association holds regular meetings with the Area Coordinators and liaises closely with Bedfordshire Police, and other interested groups, to address issues that particularly affect this part of Bedfordshire.
What’s on this site
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - LATEST NEWS
Anti-Social Behaviour - new information page on this website
NHW Membership Cards available from your Street Coordinators
Garages and Garden Sheds - Make sure you lock them up SECURELY !
uPVC doors ? - Do you have anti-snap locks fitted ??
SmartWater kits - now available for £15
Crime Information and NHW Intelligence Summary - new initiative to involve NHW members
Operation Meteor - Report reckless and nuisance motorbikes
Kathryn Holloway elected as new Police & Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire
“NEW” National NHW Guide for members published