At this stressful time, it is more important than ever that we come together to support and to look out for each other and our neighbours whilst keeping ourselves safe, especially the isolated, elderly and vulnerable. At Neighbourhood Watch, we are joining forces with friends and partners to call on everyone to have a united community approach. The Community Action Response project has been launched by five organisations (The National Lottery Community Fund, Nextdoor, Neighbourhood Watch, Campaign to End Loneliness and Eco Attractions Group). The organisations are calling for everyone to take the 5 steps shown below that will help communities cope with the worst impacts of the virus.
It would be a good time to make sure you have your neighbours’ phone numbers and email addresses and that they in turn have your contact details in case you need support/assistance. If you haven’t already done so, consider setting up a whatsapp group with some of your neighbours as well as signing up to NextDoor which is free and a good way to connect to people in your area. I have seen a lot of neighbourly messages over the past few days of people offering to go shopping for their neighbours, sharing their supplies etc.
The most important thing we can all do is to check in with each other and be kind and considerate of others. This is what Neighbourhood Watch is all about at the end of the day.
We should also be aware that stretched police resources will be further impacted by this. Therefore, it is worth doing all we can to help keep our homes and vehicles secure. If you need help with crime prevention advice, again please get in touch.
We will continue to update you on crime in your area through our monthly updates. Please continue to send in examples of scams as well as updates of crime in your area.
Take care and look after yourselves.
Claudia Ricci, Association Lead, Neighbourhood Watch Croydon
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