Other watch schemes
In addition to Community Speed Watch, a number of other “watch” schemes operate in Wiltshire and Swindon, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. Behind it lies a simple idea, and a central value shared by millions of people around the country:
Everyone knows that the police are there to fight crime, but they need your help to do an effective job. Neighbourhood Watch (or Home Watch as it is known in some areas) is all about an active partnership with the police. Neighbourhood Watch schemes can:
- Cut crime and the opportunities for crime
- Help and reassure those who live in fear of crime
- Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
- Provide a better place to live, work and play
Neighbourhood Watch is about creating communities who care. It brings local people together and can make a real contribution to improving their lives. The activity of Watch members can foster a new community spirit and a belief in the community's ability to tackle problems. At the same time, you feel secure, knowing your neighbours are keeping an eye on your property.
There are other benefits to Neighbourhood Watch schemes too. You will become familiar with crime reduction and detection ideas which will help keep your home and belongings safe. And the extra security which belonging to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme offers might even mean that you can get a premium discount from your insurance company.
People from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages belong to Neighbourhood Watch. Schemes cover any home in a neighbourhood, including flats as well as houses.
Starting or joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is a simple process.
Wiltshire Horse Watch
Horse Watch was launched in 2009 by the Rural Crime Team at Wiltshire Police. Horse Watch provides members with crime prevention advice, regular updates and local alerts via text message or email of suspicious activity. It is county-wide and aims to reduce the number of equine thefts around stables and riding schools.
The Rural Crime Team works closely with all Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the County and with communities themselves.
As part of Horse Watch the Rural Crime Team advise on the security of equine yards, tack, horses, trailers and boxes as well as the various methods of security marking. The team also provide a free tack marking service members can request a visit or you can find the team at an event see events section. They can also arrange a full security survey, conducted by Crime Reduction Officers.
You do not have to own a horse to become a member - we welcome all horsey people whether you just ride occasionally or own the local livery yard, by working together we can all help to prevent equine crime.
Wiltshire Farm Watch
The Farm Watch scheme was launched by the Rural Crime Team of Wiltshire Police in 2009.
Farms have a great deal of capital equipment spread over a large expanse of land and some of which is portable, providing easy opportunities for thieves.
Farm Watch provides members with crime prevention advice, regular updates and local alerts via text message or email of suspicious activity. It is county-wide and aims to reduce the number of rural crime incidents.
Farm Watch schemes encourage everyone in the farming community to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police. It also encourages them to pool their knowledge - people who live in the farming community have much specialised knowledge which even the police may find it hard to achieve.
The main aims are to:
Reduce opportunities for crime and vandalism.
Strengthen community spirit so that everyone can play a part in protecting their property.
Improve two-way communication between farmers and the police.
Reduce fear of crime.
It is quick and easy to join Farm Watch or Horse Watch.
Street Watch is a scheme involving members of the public who volunteer to conduct high visibility patrols in their communities for a minimum of two hours a month.
They then report back any suspicious activity they see, any damage, litter, graffiti or any concerns they may have to Wiltshire Police.
A Street Watch scheme has been running successfully in the Bemerton Heath area of Salisbury since 2011.
Pewsey Neighbourhood Policing Team has launched a new watch scheme aimed at the canal network and its users and residents. You can sign up to receive text alerts and notifications. Canal users and people cycling or walking on the towpath are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to Wiltshire Police. For more information: NPTPewsey@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk
Bradford on Avon Lorry Watch is a joint venture involving the local councils and local volunteers, designed to stop overweight lorries using the historic Town Bridge in contravention of the weight limit.
Volunteers operate a rota throughout the day and report offending vehicles to Wiltshire Council Trading Standards, who check the vehicle registration with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority.
After they have spoken to the driver and the haulage company they then have the power to initiate a prosecution should the driver re-offend at a later date”.
Since Lorry Watch began in late 2011 volunteers have reported more than 1,700 heavy lorries which have crossed the bridge. Find out how you can join.