Bassingbourn-cum­-Kneesworth

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Neighbourhood Watch

The purpose of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is to encourage neighbours to look out for each other’s properties and to report crime or anti-social behaviour in their area.

Everyone who joins NHW plays an important part in making their neighbourhood a safer place to live and to assist households from becoming victims of crime.

Anyone can join Neighbourhood Watch and everyone can play a part in its achievements. When a group of households join NHW, they form an individual Street Scheme which meets the needs of the members and their individual neighbourhoods. A Street Coordinator is established to act as a contact link with the Local Policing Team and other Neighbourhood watch contacts.

NHW Statistics

  • Only 1% of the public have ever heard of Neighbourhood Watch
  • 90% of members believe that NHW reduces crime & 94% that NHW increases community interaction amongst residents
  • NHW can reduce crime between 16-26%
  • Repeat/near repeat burglaries account for 15% of total burglaries

How do I join?

You can either join an existing scheme (if already running in your street) or you can volunteer to become a street scheme co-ordinator for your area. Alternatively you can get in touch with the village co-ordinator and ask to join the general mailing list to be kept up to date with Neighbourhood watch matters.

Street schemes

Being a co-ordinator for a street scheme does not need to be an onerous task. Many co-ordinators ask for their neighbours’ email addresses and send out information by email, particularly as this is the how the Police send all their alerts.  If you do run a group and register your street scheme, you and your members become eligible for a discount of up to 20% on their home insurance. You can also install official NHW signs in your street.

Resources

Cambs NHW                         http://www.cambsnhw.org.uk/

Neighbourhood Watch            http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

Cambs Police NHW               https://www.cambs.police.uk/crimeprevention/nhw/

Local Police Team                 https://www.cambs.police.uk/LocalPolicing/SouthCambs/Cambourne/   

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Contacts

NHW

NHW Village Co-ordinator (first point of contact)      

Kirsty Carter    31 Walnut Tree Close T: 247959        E: kirstycarter78@hotmail.co.uk

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Representative for South Cambs on the Cambridgeshire NHW Executive Group

Vic Nickson     3 Poplar Farm Close   T: 246778        E: vic.nickson@btinternet.com

 

Police

For Emergency Assistance, dial 999

For Non-emergency Assistance, dial 101 or email cambourne.npt@cambs.pnn.police.uk 

Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth is part of the Cambourne Policing team. This is headed up by Sergeant Jon Capes.

Our PCSO is James Lynch. He can be contacted on james.lynch@cambs.pnn.police.uk  Please do not contact with urgent queries as he may be off duty.

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Police Panel meetings are held three times a year and include all villages in the Cambourne area (22 in total). Anyone can attend a meeting – indeed, you are urged to do so as it is a very useful way of influencing the local police in matters that concern us all. The date is usually published in the monthly Village Voice NHW article.

Subscribe to eCops for regular police updates at https://www.cambs.police.uk/ecops/