“Crime does not flourish in a community that cares“
The aim of Neighbourhood Watch is to support you so that you can protect yourself and your property, it is a “grass roots” organisation, run by its members for its members. The Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, set up in 1995 with the full support of Sussex Police, support which continues today and is endorsed by the Police & Crime Commissioner, acts as a forum, co-ordinates resources, provides advice, support and help to its members and helps to share best effective practice, as well as seeking to raise the profile of Neighbourhood Watch.
PNWA is part of that Federation and as part, regularly interact with Sussex Police and the Police & Crime Commissioner, and enjoy their respect. The Federation represent the views of their members to the national Neighbourhood Watch Network across England and Wales.
Our Association is promoted, supported and endorsed at a strategic level by a partnership between the Department of Justice and Sussex Police and Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation.
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the largest and most well-known crime prevention initiatives. We encourage residents of Polegate and surrounding areas to join us and be part of a community that helps each other protect and to reduce the fear of crime. Our aim is to make sure that, whether you are members or not, no-one feels afraid, vulnerable or isolated where they live, to encourage members to look out for each other, crossing barriers of age, class and race to create communities that will benefit everyone. Communities where Neighbourhood Watch operate are more friendly and cohesive and experience a fall in crime.
The main objectives are:
- To Prevent Crime – by improving security and increasing awareness
- To Protect the Vulnerable by encouraging a caring community spirit and reducing social isolation
- To help with the detection of criminals – by promoting effective communication
- To reduce the undue fear of crime – by providing accurate information about risks and promoting a sense of security
- To improve Police/Community relations – by fostering regular contact and liaison
- To listen to residents – PNWA will pass any concerns directly to the police and follow up
Patrons: High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex
Neighbourhood Watch schemes are run by their members through a coordinator and are supported by the police and chairman of a Neighbourhood Watch.
Polegate welcomes new members who do not want to be a co-ordinator but would just like to join.
The police can’t deal with the problems and issues arising from crime and anti-social behaviour alone; they need the help of the whole community. Neighbourhood Watch provides a way for local people to play an important part in addressing this balance and making their communities safer.
PNWA C/o Polegate Town Council, 49 High Street, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 6AL
Tel: 07397 820858