Crime related Contact numbers (last updated Apr 2015)
Cold cases 101
Blackheath and Westcombe Safer Neighbourhood Team:
- Office, at Marks and Spencer: 0208 721 2635
- Email address: Blackheath.Westcombe.SNT@met.police.uk
- Website: www.met.police.uk/teams/greenwich
To register for messages from your local Safer Neighbourhood Team go to www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk
Local Trader questions
Royal Greenwich Trading Standards operate a Neighbourhood Response Team. Two Trading Standard Officers will come out to investigate concerns or information from residents about people calling door to door or possible rogue builders.
Call the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Trading Standards department on 020 8921 8223
The council are also part of of a What Trader? scheme run by Siteon, a software company, called Trader Register. Traders who register on the scheme have been vetted by Trading Standards and, rather like Tripadvisor, feedback is sought from clients about the standard of work and the punctuality and reliability of traders on the scheme, and they are given a star rating. The scheme applies to all domestic building works and related home improvement services carried out in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Greenwich Neighbourhood Watch Association website: www.gbnwa.org
The Neighbourhood Watch (NW) organization was started by the Police in 1982 in an attempt to reduce household burglary. It has since expanded its role to encompass crime prevention. It is a voluntary organisation which aims to foster ‘good neighbourliness’ along with a strong community spirit.
It has proved to be a great national success and is not just about crime and disorder but also addresses other issues which can affect residents’ environment and well-being, such as noise, litter and graffiti. This is often done by working with the local authority and other organisations.
The current Greenwich Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association (GBNWA) was formed in 1999. It is run by an Executive Committee composed of local volunteer NW Co-ordinators, together with representation from Greenwich Police, Greenwich Council, the Greenwich Police Consultative Group and the London Neighbourhood Watch Association.
The main objective of the GBNWA is “ to promote good citizenship and greater participation in the prevention and solution of crime so that effective liaison between the police and public can be achieved.” The GBNWA is non-political and non-sectarian and this is reflected in its equal opportunities policy.
Neighbourhood Watch in Heathway
The original Heathway Neighbourhood Watch merged with the fledging Heathway Residents Committee at around the turn of the millennium, to create the larger Heathway Residents’ and Neighbourhood Watch Association. Gaining strength from this merger, the new organisation has since been able to grow and become more effective at protecting Heathway and its environs.
Heathway NW agrees the local policing priorities at HR&NWA meetings. These are taken to the local NW Panel Meeting by the Co-ordinator. The Panel sets the priorities for the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) to tackle in the area.
There are 18 Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Greenwich which are local police teams, working with the public and other agencies to identify and tackle issues of concern in each neighbourhood, includinganti-social behaviour. Each SNT typically has one Sergeant, two Police Officers and up to three Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who liaise with the NW Co-ordinators for advice and exchange of information. The SNTs are roughly aligned to Council Wards.The benefits of this co-ordinated voluntary co-operation with the Police should be to receive regular updates concerning local crime activity, advice on crime prevention and the ability to make our neighbourhood a safer place to live. The result should be less fear of crime, improving home security and helping to foster a community spirit.
Crime Prevention Advice
Crime prevention advice from our Safer Neighbourhood Team (31 December 2014) is available here
- In the run up to Christmas 2013 there were several attempts to steal post from letter boxes in Heathway. The danger is IDENTITY THEFT as well as the value of the post. Residents are advised to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour, consider the location and design of their letterbox and not leave mail in external letterboxes any longer than necessary.
- ‘fishing’ for valuables through letter boxes occurs frequently (Apr 2015)
- rears of houses have been targetted more (Apr 2015)
- the Natwest cash points near M&S have been the target of devices to read PINs and capture cards (Apr 2015)
Heathway NW Co-ordinator Patricia Gillard Tel: 07528262300
Blackheath NHW newsletterjuly 12 is the July 2012 newsletter from the Blackheath & Westcombe Safer Neighbourhood Team.