The Chairman of the Essex Neighbourhood Watch Association writes
Since being elected Chairman of Essex County NW ( May ) I have had regular meetings with Senior Police Officers ( including ACC Mrs J Wortley), in fact more meetings than the two previous Chairmen of ECNWA have had with Essex Police in the past ten years! Indeed I have another meeting booked with ACC M. Mason at Police HQ on Monday 16th November. My objective is for all Neighbourhood Watch Groups/members to work with Essex Police as together we can reduce the opportunity of crime.
So my message to all Neighbourhood Watch members is that now is the time we must do our very best to get to know our Neighbourhood Policing Teams even more and to work with Essex Police to keep crime down more effectively than we have in the past.
The Community needs Neighbourhood Watch now more than ever to give advice and support to all to help them protect their property and help those to do the same who may feel vulnerable.
So if anyone wants to give whatever time they can for Neighbourhood Watch and want to join their local groups then send a message to this website and I shall be in touch.
Essex Community Messaging (ECM) is a brand new system that will enable everyone in our county to receive and share the very latest information about crime and community safety in their local area. Specially designed for Essex, and jointly funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and money seized from criminals under the Proceeds Of Crime Act, ECM will be available free of charge to everyone who lives or works in our county. It will be formally launched on October 1, 2014.
Everyone who registers for ECM will receive accurate and up-to-date information, crime prevention advice and notifications from Essex Police officers, Essex Watch liaison officers and other key partners, such as Neighbourhood Watch, about crime and community safety issues in their local area. Users will be able to select the information they want to receive, including issues they may have a particular interest in such as scams, internet crime or rural crime. They will also be able to choose whether to receive this information via email, text or voice message.
Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Essex Community Messaging will get key crime and crime prevention information out to communities faster than ever before. It will also improve the two-way flow of information about community safety between Essex Police, Neighbourhood and other Watch groups, and the people of Essex. “We need to help communities join Essex Police in the fight against crime. Whether it’s through reporting suspicious behaviour or knowing simple measures to take to prevent crime, ECM will provide a crucial new channel for keeping our communities safe. I urge everyone to register now for ECM.”
Chief Supt Luke Collison, ECM project lead: “I’m convinced that Essex Community Messaging will significantly enhance the quality of communication between Essex Police, key partners and the communities that we serve. I look forward to seeing ECM grow and develop over the coming months, as more and more people who live or work in our county sign up.” Alan Johnson, Chair of the Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “We’re delighted that we now have a brand new messaging system, and look forward to improving our ability to help Essex Police reduce the level of crime across our county.”
Whether it’s alerting a community to a specific developing crime trend in their area, involving local people in the search for a vulnerable missing person, or encouraging the reporting of suspicious behaviour, ECM will transform the speed and effectiveness of communication across Essex.
You can register for Essex Community Messaging here: http://www.essex.police.uk/contact_us/essex_community_messaging.aspx
A Message from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
Neighbourhood Watch groups have an important role to play in helping to keep Essex safe. We need more groups and it would be great to see existing groups thrive and grow. Neighbourhood Watch helps ensure that our communities are welcoming, cohesive and safe.
In 2013-14, I increased the amount of funding provided to Neighbourhood Watch from the police and community safety budget. We’ll shortly be rolling out a community messaging service to all Watch groups, funded jointly by the PCC New Initiatives Fund and money seized from criminals under the Proceeds Of Crime Act. This new messaging system should greatly enhance the two-way flow of information about crime between members of Neighbourhood Watch - the eyes and ears of our communities - and Essex Police. It feels right to me to be using money recovered from criminals to help make our neighbourhoods safer.
Neighbourhood Watch groups currently support around 40 per cent of households in Essex, and I hope that number will continue to increase. As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to supporting the important work of Neighbourhood Watch. I would like to thank all those who give up their time to support the work of Neighbourhood and to encourage others to become involved.
Neighbourhood Watch is a national movement with nearly 4.0 million members, where people come together to make their communities safer and stronger and encourage people to look out for each other.
It involves working with Essex Police, other members of the Community Safety Partnerships in each local authority, voluntary organisations and, most importantly, with people who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live.
It aims to help people to protect themselves and their properties, to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and to reduce incidences of fire and environmental damage. We do this by taking preventative measures, by improving home security and safety awareness, by greater vigilance and by the timely and accurate reporting of incidents. We also aim to foster a community spirit with our neighbours.
Essex Neighbourhood Watch Association represents the members and participants in the County of Essex and the unitary authorities in Southend and Thurrock. The Association provides support and a range of services to help in these matters. To achieve this we work with our partners in leading, directing, planning and supporting the future development of Neighbourhood Watch in Essex.
The site now includes a crime report page of crime incidents that have occurred in each district