Working together to reduce crime
If you live or work in Bulwell, you can contribute to making the community safer by using your computer at home to access Neighbourhood Alert. It brings the traditional Neighbourhood Watch scheme into the 21st century by allowing you to contribute to the organisation in your area without having to attend meetings or patrol streets. It’s simple to use, highly secure and free and can provide warnings about local criminal activity and prevention advice by email, text or phone. It also allows members to supply information to the police about antisocial behaviour and suspicious activity and discuss local issues online.
Life-long Bulwell resident Doreen Carruthers, from Forest Park, is spreading the word about the town’s Neighbourhood Alert pages after offering to work as a volunteer with Nottinghamshire Police. She explained: “I work part-time at the QMC but had some spare time and was looking for a new outlet – something different that would help the community.
"An officer from Bulwell attended a meeting I was at and so I asked if there were any opportunities, came down and met with the Inspector. I’ve been trained on the system and am now working to expand Neighbourhood Watch in the town, particularly through getting people to sign up to Neighbourhood Alert and showing them how it works and its many benefits.”
Bulwell-based Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Chris Davies says the work done by volunteers like Doreen is invaluable.
He said: “Neighbourhood Alert allows you to be part of a virtual Neighbourhood Watch group but remain hidden if you prefer to.
“It’s about people in Bulwell looking out for each other through being better informed about what’s going on where they live and work and contributing without having to attend meetings, patrol in pairs or sit curtain-twitching.
“It has been proven to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in other areas of the city where it operates already and we want as many people in Bulwell as possible to get involved and help us keep crime to a minimum. We can send out details to anyone who wants to get involved and then we have Doreen on hand to attend meetings, spread the word and provide whatever support is needed.”