Dear Watch coordinator
Below is the October message from Surrey Chairman, Tony Kremer, and Chief Superintendent Alison Barlow from Surrey Police.
Attached is a pdf version of the message for downloading.
Message from Tony Kremer, Chair of Surrey NhW Association:
I know there will be some of you who don’t trust social media but over the past year I have become an avid fan of Facebook Groups. This is where a community can share news and advice quickly and easily. What makes social media so good is the speed with which missing persons messages can be circulated, and also the way in which residents can talk to each other about suspicious activity. Traditional NhW messages by email just can’t be turned into a conversation like that.
Following the training course we ran in Spring, we started NhW Facebook Groups in the Woking wards of Horsell and Goldsworth Park where over 500 people have joined in just a few months. A third NhW Facebook Group has now launched in south Woking, covering Kingfield, Westfield, Barnsbury and Old Woking. Most of these members were not already in a Watch and so were missing out on crime prevention advice. Moreover overwhelmingly they are in their 30s and 40s and potentially will form our activists of the future.
What I would like you to do is ask your local community group such as your Residents’ Association (RA) to complete the following survey which will help me understand whether other parts of Surrey can go where Woking has gone. It will only take one minute: go to >>
Chief Superintendent Alison Barlow writes:
Dear Coordinator. At this time of year, it will be wise to remind your residents to keep vigilant. Every year with the longer darker evenings we see an increase in burglary, particularly on specific days when they know people may be out for some time. Halloween and Bonfire events may leave homeowners vulnerable if proper security measures haven’t been put in place.