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Using Social Media to Expand Your Watch

Alert message sent 21/06/2019 12:02:00

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Dear Citizen

Neighbourhood watch is expanding in the digial age.

Though traditionally neighbourhood watches have flourished through a network of co-ordinators and meetings, an increasing number are turning to social media to keep their members informed, with several new schemes being entirely social media based, particularly in areas with a prevalence of young working families.  Using social media has the advantage of being cheap (in fact free!) and has the ability to reach large numbers of people very quickly, allowing alerts to be circulated almost instantly.  Local groups on Twitter include Park Hall Area Neighbourhood Watch (@NHW_Walsall), and @RushallWatch, though most tend to be on Facebook, including traditional watch groups like North Aldridge Neighbourhood Watch and Rushall Hall Neighbourhood Watch.  Local ‘virtual’ groups include Water Reed Grove and Nether Hall Park.  There are also some great Facebook groups affiliated to local neighbourhood watches, such as Streetly Neighbourhood Alerts and Pheasey Park Farm Neighbourhood Alerts.

Social media is often the best way to warn your neighbours about the latest cyber crimes, too.

Neighbourhood watch is evolving to match modern society, with traditional schemes still flourishing alongside those who make increasing use of social media or communication through apps such as WhatsApp.  Alongside the usual property crimes, neighbourhood watch is becoming increasingly involved in tackling hidden crimes such as modern slavery and child sexual exploitation.  Whatever your situation, getting involved in neighbourhood watch and helping to make your community safer is easier than you think.  Contact us today to find out what you can do, and how we can help.
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Kevin Pitt (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall)

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