Protect Your Pooch

Neighbourhood Watch’s Protect Your Pooch poster

In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched the PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:

  1. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
     
  2. Print this poster and display it in your community
     
  3. Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
     
  4. Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP. Find out more on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch
     
  5. Attend the online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.  The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.

Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.



For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email Deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Keep safe,
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Reporting Harmful Content

Staying safe advice
Staying Safe Advice

Report Harmful Content (RHC) is a UK wide reporting centre provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre. It is operated by South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). It was designed to help people report harmful online content. RHC does this by giving up to date information on social media community standards. It also gives direct links to the correct reporting facilities across different platforms.

You can find more information at the Reporting Harmful Content website

This information was provided via the UK Safer Internet Centre’s e-bulletin. You can also find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online on the UKSIC website.

Building Scam warning

Staying safe advice
Staying Safe Advice

Tendring Neighbourhood Watch would like to remind people that leaflets that come through your letterbox from businesses offering building, roofing, painting and decorating, gardening and other services are not always from reputable businesses.

While most of these leaflets are a business’s way of advertising legitimate services, there are however some that are targeted at the elderly and most vulnerable members of our communities. 

Neighbourhood Watch advise people to get quotations, not estimates, from at least 3 different businesses for any work you may require doing.  Try and get recommendations from friends, neighbours and family before deciding on the business to carry out the work, normally when people recommend a business, they will have had a positive experience with that business.

Check if the business is registered with a trade body or has approval from Trading Standards, this can be done by visiting the relevant trade body on line and checking that businesses registration, google the business name and see what comes up. 

Check your home insurance policies it may be that you are covered for any particular damage that has occurred to your property and if so, contact your insurer. Your insurer may even make arrangements for one of their approved contractors to do the work.

If you are being pressured by a business that is doing work for you to pay up front whether in cash or some other means, DON’T, a reputable business will never ask for money before the job is completed.  If you are feeling threatened, you should inform the police.

Read more about Doorstep Scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of them at Neighbourhood Watch’s website https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-toolkits/scams/common-scams/doorstep-scammers

Spotlight on… MENTAL HEALTH

Staying safe advice
Staying Safe Advice

Going into another lockdown has put extra pressure on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. In this section we’re highlighting some local and national resources you can use to refer/signpost others to or make use of yourself. 

Local

  • Clacton Crisis Cafe offers support between 5pm and 11pm, currently by phone. Professionals can refer in, or self-referral is possible through 111.
  • Summit offer a 10-week mindfulness course online and other mental health support. They can be contacted on 01255 429778.
  • Reach Out for Mental Health offer a befriending listening service for anyone feeling suicidal or experiencing a tough time. They are not suitable for anyone with acute mental health difficulties. Contact them on 07898 220384

National

  • Samaritans provide a 24/7 listening service available by phoning 116 123. They also provide an email service and letter writing service, as well as a self-help app.
  • Calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2 will put you through to a mental health Crisis Response Service which connects you to trained EPUT staff. This is also a 24-hour service for adults. 
  • Mind have a lot of resources and courses on their website – Mind 
  • Text SHOUT to 85258 at any time to receive instant support by text – useful if it is not possible to speak aloud.
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is available from 5pm to midnight every day on 0800585858 or 08088025858
  • Sane offer services to anyone affected by their own mental illness or someone they care about. Available every day 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000
  • Papyrus offers suicide prevention support for those up to 35 years old. Phone on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209697. Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Weekends/Bank Holidays 2pm-10pm. 
  • NHS Crisis Services Directory Find Crisis support services – NHS (www.nhs.uk) for support in your local area

This information was provided by Community Voluntary Services Tendring in their newsletter. You can sign up to their newsletter via their website at Contact Us – CVS (cvstendring.org.uk)