local Policing team in Killingworth are inviting
Dudley, Fordley, Annitsford, Burradon and Camperdown
residents to sign up and join a Virtual Neighbourhood
Watch Scheme. (VNHW)
The on-line initiative means that residents
can sign up to the benefits of NHW(Neighbourhood
Watch) without having to leave their homes to
attend meetings. The neighbourhood team are
keen to add new members to the scheme.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Pip Hails
said: "We want to encourage as many people
as possible to join our virtual Neighbourhood
Watch schemes and help to prevent crime in their
"It's very easy to get involved - simply
send an email with your home or work address to
us - whichever suits you best - and we'll sign
"These schemes really do make a real difference.
They promote the best aspects of being a good
neighbour, they help to prevent crime and provide
the police with useful information about suspicious
"It's also a good way to make contact with
your local officer and find out more about the
work we do to keep you and your home safe."
The first on-line NHWs started in October 2010
in Forest Hall . Residents have made good contacts
with officers and local problems have been positively
dealt with by the neighbourhood team.
The virtual (VNHW) network already covers the
covering Longbenton Estate, Benton Estate (Hailsham
The Fairways Estate and Williams Park
Anyone wishing to join the scheme should send
an email to:
NHW does not replace the traditional schemes
which meet face-to-face. People preferring to
join a traditional scheme can contact their
neighbourhood policing team who will be happy
if you run a local community group and would
be interested in linking in with your local
community policing team please contact us at:
virtual watch scheme starts
new virtual Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (NHW) has
been set up for residents in the Killingworth
Neighbourhood officers are inviting people living
in Dudley, Fordley, Annitsford, Burradon and Camperdown
to sign up to the scheme and benefit from local
crime prevention advice.
Residents just need to send an email with their
home or work address to Forumvirtual@northumbria.pnn.police.uk
They will then start to receive crime prevention
Sergeant Pip Hails, of Killingworth
Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "These
online schemes have proved popular in several
areas locally and we are keen to encourage others
to get involved.
"Virtual schemes are effective in helping
to prevent crime and members receive regular updates
about local incidents and advice on how to prevent
"It's also a good way to get to know your
local officer and find out how to keep your home
and family safe."
Officers at Killingworth Neighbourhood Policing
Team now run several 'virtual' schemes. The first
on-line NHWs started in October last year in Forest
Gate, in Forest Hall and Rocket Way, Meadway and
Lilac Avenue in Killingworth and since then schemes
have been set up in Wideopen and Longbenton.
The team also works closely with the Burradon
and Camperdown Forum and met with them last month
to talk to members about crime reduction in the
Chris Wray, Burradon Forum Secretary said: "It
is important that the residents work in partnership
with Northumbria Police and report any incidents
or suspicions to them. We want to encourage residents
to join a virtual NHW scheme as we think they're
an excellent way of finding out how to reduce
crime and keep yourselves and your family safe.
Such schemes also help to reassure the local community
and improve resident’s quality of life."
The on-line initiative means that residents can
sign up to the benefits of NHW without having
to leave their homes to attend meetings.
Pictured: PC Damian Ramsay with
Doreen Isbister and Tony
Isbister from Burradon and Camperdown
Forum and PC Kay Lyon.