Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership where people come together to make their communities safer. It involves the police, community safety departments of local authorities, other voluntary organisations and, above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit.OTRA Neighbourhood Watch
Information is disseminated to scheme members in three ways. Members who are able to provide an e-mail address receive reports by e-mail. Members who do not have an e-mail address may wish to ask a friend or neighbour to provide them with copies of reports. All new reports are uploaded onto the Neighbourhood Watch section (residents only) of the forum to provide a record of recent activity.
Members of OTRA are automatically members of the OTRA Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. OTRA membership is without subscription and is open to residents of Blenheim Avenue, 1-5 Highfield Road, Leigh Road, Oakmount Avenue, Westbourne Crescent and 19 Brookvale Road, Southampton.
All OTRA Neighbourhood Watch reports are received also by local police beat officer PC1544 Andy Alderson and his Community Support Officers.
- To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.
- To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.
- To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.
- To improve police/community liaison by providing effective communications systems which enable co-ordinators to be informed promptly of local crime trends which they can disseminate to their scheme members.