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Neighbourhood Watch News - November 2017

The end of ‘Summertime’


I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating!


Have you reset all the various timed devices that form part of your security, to reflect the earlier evenings and longer hours of darkness?  It is important to make your home look ‘lived in’ even if you are not at home in the early evening.  Although levels of reported burglary in our village are quite low, anything that you can do to make it look as though someone is at home will deter the opportunist passing thief.


Cons, Scams and Cybercrime


Following on from information in last month’s ‘Grapevine’, a meeting was held at Bourne End Community Centre on October 10th, to raise awareness of ‘Cons, Scams & Cybercrime’.  The meeting was organised by Doug Meredith, NHWatch Area Co-ordinator, Bourne End, and chaired by Geoff Pegg, Director of Operations, Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association.  It  was supported by Inspector Scott Messenger, Neighbourhood Inspector – Wycombe Rural, and Chris Holden, Senior Trading Standards Inspector – Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards, who both made short presentations encouraging this sort of ‘awareness’. 


There was a good attendance of residents from the area, including a healthy contingent from our village, as the meeting had been promoted via the Thames Valley Alert System.  The audience listened with interest to the accounts of various Postal, Telephone and Doorstep Cons and Scams described by Geoff Pegg.  This was followed by a presentation on ‘Cybercrime’ given by ‘Yours Truly’!  Whilst I make no claim to be an ‘Expert’ on the subject, my interest in computers goes back a long way.  It is the exponential growth in computer and network technology over the last 30-odd years that has facilitated a similar growth in the use of computers and networks to commit a wide range of crimes under the general heading of ‘Cybercrime’.


Succession Planning


I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch since early 1989 when I helped to start the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in my road.  In 2004, at a meeting at Christ Church I tentatively put up my hand to consider taking on the role of Area Co-ordinator for Flackwell Heath, and I was subsequently invited – as the new Area Co-ordinator - to join the Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association Committee – and as they say, ‘the rest is history’.  I have enjoyed my time with the organisation, but the time has come when I feel I need to ‘hand the baton’ on to someone who is more than a bit younger than myself, and perhaps more able to re-energise the various schemes in the village – and hopefully expand the coverage.


So if you – or someone you know – might be interested in learning a bit more about what is involved, please do not hesitate to contact me – details below.  Thank you in anticipation.



Summertime Ended on 29th October – clocks went BACK 1 hour.


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For further information on these topics or about Neighbourhood Watch, contact:

David GresswellArea Co-ordinator, Flackwell Heath

(Tel: 525019   e-mail:


Police General & Non-emergency number: 101
Community Safety Team (Anti-social behaviour): 01494 421 087 (
Crimestoppers (Anonymous): 0800 555 111
Trading Standards (Consumer Direct): 0345 4 04 05 06 (NEW Prefix)
Cyberaware –
ACTION FRAUD: 0300 123 2040 (
The Information Commissioner’s Office: 0303 123 1113
NHS: 111



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