Neighbourhood Watch

Play your part in making a better place to live and work

What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is about getting together with neighbours to collectively work and take action to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour and improve the quality of life in a neighbourhood.

It is a community initiative owned and run by members, which is supported by the police but not owned by them.

It works by developing a close relationship between community members, the local police and council to take positive action in a collaborative way to improve the quality of life for everyone. It provides a collective voice, improving the effectiveness of action by the authorities

Neighbourhood Watch schemes can:

  • cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • help and reassure those who live in the area
  • encourage neighbourliness and closer communities

How does BRA Neighbourhood Watch benefit members?

  • Clearly visible Neighbourhood Watch street signs placed around our area deter and prevent crime
  • Gives residents an increased sense of security – we watch out for each other
  • Through our communications network (WhatsApp group, email and word of mouth) we immediately inform members of incidents that affect their area and take action to inform the relevant authorities
  • Provides regular and monthly updates on crime and antisocial behaviour in the area
  • Identifies and circulates emerging crime trends so residents can take action to protect themselves from being a victim
  • Provides crime prevention advice where requested and has good connections with the police and other agencies who can provide more bespoke prevention and security information
  • Has excellent connections with the police and council, working together to resolve local problems
  • Members are NOT vigilante’s or to put themselves at risk, but work together in our best interests and be the eyes and ears for the police by effective reporting – We all have a part to play as members
  • Through Bayle Residents Action Team (BRAT), responds to problems, including removal of graffiti, arranges litter-picks, provides a support network to residents through our “telephone tree” support network. 
  • Proactively reports crime, antisocial behaviour, street litter, dog-fouling, graffiti, defective street lighting or infrastructure to the relevant authorities and monitors action taken to resolve

Police

To report a crime or incident to the police:

Dial 999 to report crimes in progress; where the incident is happening and the perpetrators are still present or may be nearby and the prompt attendance of the police may result in their apprehension
Dial 101 to report a crime/incident that has happened; where you discovered it and do not know exactly when it happened or the perpetrators have left the scene some time ago and the prompt attendance of the police is not necessary or unlikely to be essential

On-line as an alternative to reporting a crime by calling 101, where you have access to a computer. This can often be quicker and reduces the pressure on limited police resources. To report a crime to Kent Police, click HERE

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

You can report a variety of neighbourhood problems on-line to Folkestone & Hythe District Council. These include litter, anti-social behaviour, stray or dangerous dogs, dog fouling, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, rubbish or fly-tipping and environmental health amongst others.

We encourage all residents to play an active part in keeping our environment as it should be. If you see it…….report it!

To report on-line, click on the link HERE

Our Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, Carl Mehta, is always happy to offer advice and would be pleased to hear from you. You can contact him by email: info@thebayle.org

Carl says:

Neighbourhood Watch is about all of us playing our part in making our environment safer, cleaner and better. This means taking some simple measures to protect ourselves and our property, keeping our eyes and ears open and reporting suspicious or unusual activities or individuals and sharing this with our neighbours. The Bayle Residents Association has an active Neighbourhood Watch scheme and works closely with the police, council and other organisations to improve the quality of our lives.

We are affiliated to the national network of Neighbourhood Watch organisations, which you can find by clicking HERE, where you will find some excellent free downloads of advice, publications and much more. As a member of an officially recognised Neighbourhood Watch scheme, we are covered for public liability insurance for “Typical Neighbourhood Watch organised activities”. For more information, click on the link HERE.

If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime or have reported an incident to the police and you are happy to do so, please let Carl Mehta know and ensure you report incident numbers or crime numbers to him via info@thebayle.org. A log of events is kept so that we can cross-reference with crime data provided by the police for our area and we can raise concerns about trends we identify and also consider the need for neighbourhood alerts to be issued in some instances.

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