Policing and Security and Neighbourhood Watch

Kent Police – In emergency situations dial 999 for immediate assistance.  For non-emergency business, including calls to the local PCSO, members of the public should dial 101.  This service is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and any single call will not cost more than 15 pence even from a mobile telephone.  Chestfield’s PCSO is Jade Hoyle.  Jade works as part of the Community Safety Unit, a multi-agency team dedicated to tackling persistent and problematic issues.  You can contact the team at csu.canterbury@kent.pnn.police.uk

To get details of recent criminal activity in the area, or security/safety advice and information visit the Kent Police website at https://www.police.uk/kent/265/crime/+ePVMzW/ and http://www.kent.police.uk/advice/advice.html respectively.

Neighbourhood Watch – The Parish Council actively encourages membership of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) and supports initiatives to extend coverage within the village.  It even offers financial assistance to reimburse coordinators’ costs for stationery and printing materials etc used in the running their schemes.  Chestfield resident and Vice Chairman of the Canterbury District Neighbourhood watch, Neal Fowler, deals with the village’s several individual coordinators who onwardly forward security advice and messages, about scams/criminal activity, to the 950 households covered within the village’s NHW schemes. 

With the increased usage of email these days, and the support offered by the local group, the running of a NHW scheme is neither difficult nor time-consuming.  The process of becoming a coordinator is very straight forward too. Usually interested parties (i.e. you and neighbours) conduct a simple meeting to confirm support, but this is not essential if you have spoken with them individually.  Then a member from Canterbury & District NHW Association (C&DNHWA), a charity set up to support coordinators, will arrange for completion of the necessary paperwork to get you added to the Police messaging system.  The Association also provides:

*   A free coordinator’s pack containing useful information about NHW and the coordinator role;

*   1 free NHW sign, to be placed on a lamp post (but for a limited period additional signs will also be provided free of charge for new schemes starting up in Chestfield – they are normally charged at £8 each);

*   Free NHW window stickers for participants of your scheme and also free stickers to deter cold callers for every member.

If you would like to know more about NHW locally, or discuss commencement of a scheme in your road, please contact Neal Fowler, or the Canterbury & District Neighbourhood Watch Association at canterbury.nhw.association@gmail.com

Even if you can’t commit to membership of NHW right now, you might be interested in the following websites that give information about scams and hoaxes circulated by post, telephone and on the internet.

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news

Newsletters for Neighbourhood watch – Current NHW Newsletters can be found on the Canterbury & District NHW Association website at http://www.ucanpreventcrime.co.uk/NHW/index.html

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