West Brockley neighbourhood watch scheme proposed

BC regular Catman writes:

Last night I received a leaflet from the Telegraph Hill Safer Neighbourhoods Team about a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. It would appear that they are 'pushing' to establish one for West Brockley, including the roads Arica, Revelon, Finland, St Asaph, Avignon encompassing all in that area.

I was hoping you could post something on your blog about this. In my view it is a perfect way to bring the community together and to get to know your neighbours.

The Meeting is scheduled for:

30th July - 19.30 - 20.00.

Sector J Community Pensioners Club, Room 29, Gately House, Coston Walk, Brockley, SE4 2JF

If anyone has any queries, they should contact the safer neighbourhoods team on 020 8721 2722 or email telegraphhill.snt@met.police.uk

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was in a neighbourhood watch when I lived in Telegraph Hill - can't say I noticed that it made the slightest bit of difference.

Brockley Jon said...

Were you actively involved in said Neighbourhood Watch, anon? A lot of the work happens behind the scenes.

The Cat Man said...

I think there are a number of benefits to this:

Community Benefits:
1. Greater awareness
2. The Neighbour Watch Signs acting as a deterrant.
3. Regular meetings with the local police force - a catylst for encouraging crime reduction in your area.

Personal Benefits:
1. You get to know your neighbours
2. Peace of Mind.
1. Financial Incentives: Reduction in household insurance.

By getting to know your neighbours it is possible to have other finanical benefits. i.e, if you need the front of your house painting, club together to approach a decorator - you often have more bargaining power when dealiing with companies resulting in cheaper costs for all on average, and allowing greater investment per household in your street.

The Cat Man said...

That last point was with my accountant hat on :o)

Headhunter said...

There are certainly benefits if people take part but I don't think Neighbourhood Watches in Brockley have been maintained, there are NW signs all along Manor Avenue, however they are faded and have grown over with algae/moss and since I've lived there no one has ever mentioned it to me so I think it's been let go somewhat

Anonymous said...

The Police Force do instigate local meetings - there was one announced local to me (by flyer through the letterbox) saying that they'd be on the junction of Vicars Hill and Ermine Road at a certain time (a few weeks ago).

I got there about 10 minutes after the arranged time to find only two constables and no-one else and I was the only one who approached them whilst I was there.

Predictably I complained about the 'speed cushions' and predictably they replied that it wasn't anything to do with them.

Trying to look like a good citizen I had a chat with them for as long as I could spin it out (which wasn't long) then realised I needed to beat a hasty retreat to save further embarrassment.

So, yeah, 'Regular meetings with the local police force' do already happen.

I suspect the benefits are social and no more. Oh, perhaps forming lynch mobs might pop up from time to time.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a good idea. There appears to have been an increase in the number of muggings in the conservation area, 3 that I know of in the last month so people should be talking to their neighbours more.

Anonymous said...

Where were the muggings? And how serious?

Anonymous said...

How would a neighbourhood watch have an impact of incidents of mugging?

this is a question by the way, not a negative comment

Anonymous said...

Well to the mugee I should think it was a medium to serious mugging.

Fizzy said...

A 'problem' with Neighbourhood watches is that you tend to focus on the road and those living opposite ... why not beef up by engaging with your neighbours in the next road across the fence at the end of the garden/yard or whatever ...

Anonymous said...

I hear there's a BBQ epidemic on Tressillian Road, t*ssers from North London invading our green streets....

Surely this must be stopped!

Anonymous said...

Playing a hose over the garden fence often deters them - and helps you to get to know your neighbours.

Anonymous said...

In response to Anon 17.16

2 muggings on Tressillian and 1 on Breakspears plus a major police saga on Tressillian where they ended up arresting 2 people and 1 got away.

aunty kate said...

I've seen the Autoglass man 3 times in one week on my way to the college and always fixing the passenger window - so maybe there's been a spate of car break ins. One was just outside the police station..

Anonymous said...

I'd still like to know how a neighbourhood watch is going to change all this?

The Cat Man said...

Quick Reminder:

West Brockley Neighbourhood Watch Area Meeting Tonight!

30th July - 19.30 - 20.00.

Sector J Community Pensioners Club, Room 29, Gately House, Coston Walk, Brockley, SE4 2JF

drakefell debaser said...

Does this cover Drakefell Rd?

Anonymous said...

Being in a neighbourhood watch means peeping out of net curtains and complaining when your neighbours have a bonfire. That's about it, really.

Brockley Kate said...

Someone please go along and identify Cat man ...

The Cat Man said...

Drake, thats a question to ask them if you come along - I presume the area would potentially include all of the Telegraph Hill Ward which is not already within one (there are seperate NW schemes for the TH coversation area and the council estate towards the south of the ward).

Kate - never!

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