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What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is a community led initiative to bring local people together to address crime and other community safety issues. Neighbourhood Watch groups often liaise with the local police, the local authority and other agencies. The concept originated in the United States and was introduced into the UK in the 1980s.

Behind it lies a very simple idea; Working together can help to improve your community. Neighbourhood Watches can be large, covering most of the households on an estate, or they might involve just a few houses. They may meet frequently, or keep in touch via e-mail or social media. There really is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to Neighbourhood Watch. Neighbourhood Watch adapts to fit the community it serves. Quite simply it’s “Your Watch, Your Way”

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Creative Approaches to Flood Awareness

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are close partners and valued supporters of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland (NWS). For a number of years NWS and SEPA have worked together to improve their community engagement processes allowing SEPA to better connect with local communities regarding flooding awareness and preparedness.

Beith Orr Park Neighbourhood Watch – ‘their watch, their way’

It is relatively easy to start up a neighbourhood watch group and we know that they can be very effective at dealing with local issues such as crime, however the real challenge is sustaining the group after it has achieved its initial objectives. Beith Orr Park Neighbourhood Watch is a shining example of ‘your watch, your way’ and what can be achieved when communities work collectively.

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#SafeSummer Campaign - Alcohol safety

• Overindulgence in alcohol can impact on your behaviour, your mind and your self-control.

• Know your alcohol limits, alcohol may make you more vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime including theft, assault and sexual assaults.

We have just published our Summer 2020 newsletter. Please click the following link to view advice on scams and water safety, as well as updates from our partners and Watch members.

Neighbourhood ALERT Scotland is a secure partnership community messaging system from @nwatchscotland which allows service providers to send localised, targeted ALERTS with information on crime, safety and resilience to all communities.
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#SafeSummer Campaign

With many of us spending more time outdoors, it is important to be careful near bodies of water.
Never underestimate the current, temperature or depth.
Never get into the water alone.
Don’t go swimming after drinking alcohol.

Our next free webinar is on the 16th July at 10am. We will be joined by @fire_scot who will discuss fire safety in the home. The session will last around 20 minutes and you can sign up here: @RoSPA @theBSCprogramme @DrKMcDonnell @cisweb @P_H_S_Official

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