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Neighbourhood Watch Community Spotters - The police need your help

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Dear Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch Road Coordinators.

I have been asked to send this message (from the Surrey Heath Safer Neighbourhood police team) to you for onward dissemination to your Watch members. Given the first date noted below, it would be very helpful if it could be forwarded quickly so as to allow responses as soon as possible.

A message from the Surrey Heath Safer Neighbourhood team.

In the run up to Christmas, the Safer Neighbourhood police team in Surrey Heath will be conducting a series of proactive burglary operations in order to tackle the level of burglaries that are occurring in Surrey Heath and to make Surrey Heath a hostile environment for burglars to offend in.

The team would like the help of the Neighbourhood Watch in making these operations successful and in turn making Surrey Heath safer.

We would like as many volunteers from the Neighbourhood Watch to actively assist and be involved in these operations by acting as ‘Neighbourhood Watch community spotters’.

Essentially, the Neighbourhood Watch community spotters will be an extra set of dedicated eyes and ears to our officers on the ground, relaying fast time information of suspicious activity to allow a swift response and intervention.

We need volunteers to be out and about ‘on patrol’ in the community and reporting suspicious activity, people and vehicles to us via a direct mobile number.

You will not be getting involved in any way other than observing and reporting activity directly to the officers on patrol at the time.

We would also like you to assist in helping residents to realise that their property could be a target. We would like you to keep your eyes peeled during the operation for any properties that look unoccupied and pop a leaflet we have through their door that will both let them know that their property could be a target for burglars and give crime prevention advice. We hope this will help raise awareness and lower the chance of them falling victim to burglars.

The first operations will be conducted around Bagshot (as this area has a higher level of burglaries in comparison to other areas in the Borough), over the following dates:

-Saturday 24th October
-Wednesday 4th November
-Saturday 28th November
-Wednesday 9th December
-Tuesday 22nd December (to be confirmed based on Police resources).
We will be running these operations between 5pm-Midnight on each of the dates listed above (as burglary statistics have shown that these times tend to be when burglaries are more likely to be committed in this area).

We don’t expect volunteers to be present for the entire duration but any assistance/length of time would be very much appreciated and would be vital to the success of the operation. More eyes and ears means more opportunity of catching burglars!
PC Finnegan (the beat officer for the Six Villages) is organising and running the operations and will provide information packs/a briefing for those volunteers who will be involved.


As these first operations are being conducted around Bagshot, Watch members from the village may well be the first people interested in volunteering, however any Surrey Heath Watch member who would like to help is more than welcome to assist. If these go well then they may well be rolled out across other areas in thr Borough.

If you are interested/willing to get involved then please contact Mike Potter (Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch Six Villages Area Coordinator) in the first instance, letting him know which dates and what times you are able to assist with,  at MPotter@SurreyHeathNW.co.uk

Mike will collate the list of volunteers and liaise with PC Finnegan to bring together the volunteers and police team.

As noted at the start of this message, please express your interest as soon as possible given the potential first operation will be this coming Saturday.

Kind Regards

Rob Freeman
Community Engagement Volunteer (Surrey Heath)
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Rob Freeman (Surrey Police, Volunteer, Surrey Heath)

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