Neighbourhood watch plea
SIR – I am the Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) community coordinator for Welwyn Hatfield and I read with concern (WHT, October 8) about distraction burglars in Cuffley who duped residents by pretending to have crashed into their car. While I cannot guarantee
SIR - I am the Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) community coordinator for Welwyn Hatfield and I read with concern (WHT, October 8) about distraction burglars in Cuffley who duped residents by pretending to have crashed into their car.
While I cannot guarantee that membership of NHW and crime prevention advice from the police via OWL (NHW's Online Watch Link) would have prevented this particular crime, it does frustrate me that NHW coordinators in Northaw and Cuffley and Brookmans Park will not recommend OWL to their residents.
OWL is a great instant communication tool that allows police and NHW coordinators to send alerts via email, telephone and text to residents across the district, warning them of local crimes and incidents and giving topical and seasonal crime prevention advice.
All it takes to receive these emails is for an individual's name, address and email address to be loaded onto the system. The Northaw & Cuffley and Brookmans Park NHW co-ordinators have decided unilaterally to reject this
crime reduction innovation, opting instead for word of mouth and notes through letter boxes.
Every other ward in the district is onboard with OWL but the residents of Northaw, Cuffley and Brookmans Park are missing out without knowing what they are missing.
- 1 Man injured while working in Hatfield Business Park
- 2 New QEII Urgent Care Centre opening hours set to change
- 3 First business moves into Hatfield's new £45m High View development
- 4 Potters Bar school in top 10 of The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2022
- 5 The latest court results for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar
- 6 Suspected stabbing in Welwyn Garden City
- 7 Where can you get a walk-in booster in Welwyn Hatfield this week?
- 8 Omicron variant: Confirmed case in Hertfordshire says health boss Jim McManus
- 9 "The older generation still knows how to have a good time"
- 10 Purse stolen from 74-year-old woman
Isn't it time someone told them. If any member of these communities would like to receive OWL messages simply visit www.owl.co.uk and click on the Watch Finder tab.
Ian Colpitts, Elmoor Avenue, Welwyn.