I am delighted to be writing this report as the new Chair of Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch following the retirement of my good friend and colleague Roy Godfrey. Roy has led the watch with great commitment and I hope that I will be able to do credit to his work.
Under Roy’s chairmanship, and with the dedicated help of his committee we are now in the fortunate position of having members in every street in Broadstone. We still have some work to do in increasing membership further and extending our work to support our vulnerable neighbours but this is a great milestone in our history.
In recent weeks, members of our committee have been reading through the historic paperwork relating to the Watch before we donate it to the Dorset County Archive. There have been some interesting ideas to make our community safer and I hope to bring some of these back from the past.
Now that summer is upon us, and hopefully the weather is being kind, I would like to remind you of a couple of seasonal issues. Many of us will be throwing open the windows to keep cool and it is easy to forget and leave them when we go out. Remember that it only takes a couple of minutes to break into a home so please don’t get caught out and close your windows, and lock your patio doors whenever you pop out. It is also tempting to leave tools and possessions in the garden, but this can be a gift to opportunists, so please, as we always say with your car, don’t leave your possessions on view and ready to steal.
If you are the victim of a crime, however minor, it is vital to report this using the non emergency number 101. I have personally reported what seem to be insignificant thefts and felt silly reporting it but, if we fail to report, not only does it appear there is no crime, but the police risking missing a pattern of crimes, or indeed risk the offender progressing to larger crimes.
The summer season brings the Steam Fair and the accompanying travellers from other parts of the country. At this point there is still no site available for those passing through Poole so we always face the risk of unauthorised encampments. We have worked hard to protect our open spaces in Broadstone but there have already been incursions in Canford Heath and in Poole Town. The biggest draw to the travellers is work so I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents not to give work to uninvited traders, or those without a local address. If you have work that needs doing in your home or garden use the Poole Council Trading Standard Scheme “Buy with Confidence” or take a referral from a friend or neighbour.
Finally, I would like to thank the committee of Neighbourhood Watch for their generous welcome and take this opportunity to ask for your help. Jeff Davies, our membership and development officer will be retiring soon and I am seeking a volunteer — or two — to take on this important role. If you can spare an hour each week to help maintain our membership, or would like to take on the challenge of taking our membership towards 4000 homes, do drop me an email at email@example.com
Chair of Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch