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Aim and Objectives:

Neighbourhood Watch aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit.

Objectives of Neighbourhood Watch

To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.
To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.
To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.
To improve police/community liaison by providing effective communications through systems such as the Neighbourhood Watch Ringmaster system, which warns Co-ordinators of local crime trends which they can disseminate to their scheme members, and by members informing the police of incidents when they occur.

Latest Update


22 January 2015
Bad weather got you thinking about your roof?
Watch out for rogue traders claiming work needs doing to your home even when it doesn't.

What are rogue traders?
Rogue traders are callers to your home who arrive unannounced, uninvited and offering to do work
They are opportunists hoping you will believe them when they say work needs doing to your home
They might say your roof tiles need replacing, your chimney stack is dangerous or your home in general needs some work
We know rogue traders have no intention of doing work properly, if at all.

Worried a friend or relative may fall victim to a rogue trader?
Give them a call and find out if they are worried about their home.
Suggest they contact a Kent County Council Trading Standards approved trader to come out and look at the fault they have identified.
Download and give them the Say No to Rogue Trader leaflet.
Advise them if they're not sure about the caller, don't let them in.
We know accepting work from a rogue trader never saves you time or money.
So which trader can your trust?
KCC Trading Standards only recommends one trader scheme in Kent which is run in partnership with Checkatrade.

NEWSFLASH
Fake police officers in Sevenoaks
This month two men posing as plain clothes police officers tricked a resident into handing over £2000. The men claimed they were investigating fake banknotes that were circulating in the area.

We recommend you;
Use a door chain when answering the door
Don't hand over sums of money on demand
Check the caller's identification card
Any doubts, call Kent Police on 101
REPORT IT
For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Tell us if you said no to a rogue trader recently. It takes just a few minutes to fill in our online reporting form and the information you give us may stop someone from being targeted by a rogue trader.
Don't delay, report it to us today - kent.gov.uk/tradingstandards


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Contact Person:

Stockbury Scheme Coordinator

Tony Kerr
Yew Trees
Hill Green Road
Stockbury
ME9 7UN
Telephone No.: 01795 844077
Email: tony.lorna@hotmail.co.uk

This webpage is maintained by a local coordinator for the information of Stockbury residents. Information relating to recent incidents in the Maidstone Neighbourhood Watch Area is passed to the coordinator who will post them on the Recent Updates page.

The instances of crime in Stockbury village and the wider parish are relatively few, no great comfort for those who have been the exceptions.

The Stockbury NHW scheme could be described as reactive as opposed to proactive, but it does serve a useful purpose and individuals do contact both the co-coordinator and the Maidstone Police when they have something suspicious to report.

HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT TO KENT POLICE

Call 101 (non-emergencies). If life is in danger or crime is in progress call 999.

REPORT FLY TIPPING

If you see someone fly-tipping, don't confront them.

Do note:
The description and registration of any vehicle present.

What the person or persons looks like.

Time and place.

Please then call Maidstone Borough Council on 01622 602162 or Kent County Council 24 hour call centre on 0845 345 0210.

If the rubbish appears to be hazardous or there is a lorry load of it, ring the Environment Agency's 24 hour hotline 0800 807060.