Any items affecting the safety, security and well-being of the village and its population should be included on this page. This information may change from time to time.

Neighbourhood Watch (from DirectGov website)
You can help police keep your community safe by joining Neighbourhood Watch and keeping an eye out for crime on your street. Find out how to get involved.

What is Neighbourhood Watch?
Neighbourhood Watch is made up of small groups of volunteer residents in towns and cities around the country.
Members look out for signs of crime in their own neighbourhoods, and share that information with each other and local police.
They follow basic rules and guidelines set out by the national organisation, and they work closely with their local police force. Find out more from Avon and Somerset Constabulary

How does Neighbourhood Watch work?
If you join Neighbourhood Watch, you will get to know your neighbours. You'll pay attention to the cars normally parked on your street, and to which of your neighbours is having work done on their house. You might even know which of your neighbours is away for any length of time.
Using that information, you’re more likely to know when something unusual is happening on your street, or when something just doesn’t look right.
By keeping an eye out for your neighbours, you can help police stop crimes from happening. Find out more

To find out how to contact your nearest police station click here
Click here to contact your Neighbourhood Watch coordinator
To meet your local police team click here
Click here to show the crime map for Aller detailing crime types over the last few months
To see more useful links click here
For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the My NHW website

Get involved - Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods
Aller is covered by a Neighbourhood Team comprising police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Special Constables (volunteers). The Neighbourhood Team works closely with council services, key local agencies, volunteers such as Neighbourhood Watches, and the community itself to identify the issues and the best solutions that matter most to you.

This approach is called Partners and Communities Together (PACT) and gives you the chance to meet the team and influence priorities in your neighbourhood. Click
here for details of future PACT meetings in the area. Find out more about Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods here

Nominated Neighbour Scheme
The initiative, launched by the Safer Communities partnership to reduce distraction burglary, aims to make older people and vulnerable members of our community feel safe in their homes. Find out more about the scheme and how to become a nominated neighbour.

Anti-social behaviour
Anti-social behaviour includes abusive or noisy neighbours, littering and graffiti. It doesn’t just make life unpleasant. It can ruin lives and make whole areas feel unsafe. Find out how to report it.

Keep your vehicle safe
The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it. Find out more

Report a crime
Any suspicious activity should be reported direct to the police on the general number 101. Report the activity as soon as it is noticed and ask for your call to have a `NHW' tag added.
Find out more about how to report crimes here and see Crimestoppers section below to report anonymously.

Crimestoppers - help solve crimes anonymously
If you have information about crime, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and report it. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that helps to find criminals and solve crimes. Find out more.

Top tips: things you can do to prevent burglary
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary.
Here are a few tips:
  • lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden
  • hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight
  • install a visual burglar alarm
  • install good outside lighting
  • leave radios or lights in your house on a timer
  • make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • store valuable items (including passports, driving licences and bank statements) out of view
  • hide cash and wallets away
  • secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home

More tips that can keep you safe
If you live in a building that has a shared entrance, be careful about ‘buzzing’ people in or holding the door open for a stranger when you walk in or out of your building.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place, such as under a flowerpot or doormat, or behind a loose brick. Burglars know to look there. They will also check the garage or shed for spare keys to get into your flat or house.

Doors and windows
In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it.
Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.
If you are fitting new doors or windows, make sure the ones you buy are certified to British Standard BS7950 (for windows) or PAS 24-1 (for doors).


Beware of bogus callers

‘Distraction burglars’, known as bogus callers, will distract your attention in order to get into your home to steal your money or belongings.

If anyone you don’t know turns up at your door, you should always ask to see their identification before letting them in. Only let someone into your home when you are absolutely sure they are genuine. See Nominated Neighbour Scheme above.

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