Locals urged to join neighbourhood watch

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Roger Passfield Chair of NHW and Kevin Blake from Essex Police, spoke to the residents of Aveley in Thurrock last night about the importance and benefits to communities about being a member of the NHW scheme.

Kevin Blake also spoke about the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to the Police. He also spoke about the importance of lifting the handle, locking and removing the keys on UPVC doors as there has been burglaries where residents have not lifted the handle and locked their doors.

It was mentioned that some house insurance companies provide discounts for residents that are part of NHW.

Srikanth Panjala, the Aveley NHW Coordinator said: “I am passionate about how we as residents need to play our part in helping to protect our communties and by looking out for each other helps. I have had personal experience of my own property being the subject of a burglary.”

Srikanth wanted to think about what he could do to help other residents and joined the NHW team. He has been a campaigner since joining and encouraging other residents to join NHW too. Srikanth went on to say with the Police stretched to the extreme we as residents have to do our bit too.

Aveley & Uplands ward Community Police Constable Neil Brand was also at the meeting and answered questions from residents relating to crime in the local area.

Neil told how there was an event on 4th February 2019 called “In Your Street” held at different locations throughout the day in the Aveley and Uplands ward.

He also advised that he had been working on HGV movement through Aveley and on 6th February 2019, 12 officers took part in operation Otter where 3 HGV’s were stopped and dealt with appropriately. He had also been working on Nuisance Motorbikes and on Sunday 17th February under operation Caesar there were 4 Section 59 warnings issued, 1 Fail to stop, 2 careless driving and a vehicle removed.

If you would like to become a NHW Street Coordinator please contact Roger Passfield Tel: 07806-899640

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