Easy Fundraising for Neighbourhood Watch

From the OurWatch website:

“Did you know that you can turn your online shopping into donations for NHWN? Every time you buy something you could be raising money for the Network.

If you register on the website www.easyfundraising.org.uk, over 2,700 well known retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a small percentage of what you spend to NHWN.

It’s a really simple process, all you have to do is:

Register at www.easyfundraising.org.uk
When you’re asked to choose your cause, select the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales)
Start shopping!

There is even an ‘Easy fundraising toolbar’ that you can install that lets you know when you are on the website of a participating retailer, so with just one click you can choose to donate and carry on shopping as normal.

There is no intrusive adverts and it doesn’t cost you anything extra on top of your shopping.

We would be grateful if you could help to spread the word about this among your Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch Associations in your area and get them to spread the message too. You might also want to tell your family and friends!”

NOW ON SCHUBERT ROAD – Burglars using front door stickers to identify easy targets

Further to the message sent out on the 15th November 2013 (when this problem was reported in Balham and Tooting) the first sticker has been found in Schubert Road.

Please do check your letterboxes for this sticker and remove and report immediately to Schubert Road Neighbourhood Watch if found.

The council’s crime prevention team is warning residents of a sophisticated new scam being used by burglars to target homes in the borough.

There are growing concerns that burglars are using accomplices to identify vulnerable properties in the borough and then marking them out with discreet plastic stickers.

The scouts are fixing the small, virtually transparent stickers to people’s letterboxes.

24-7 Locksmith Sticker

They are so discreet that residents may not even notice they are there – but for criminals who know what to look for – they act as a big green light that the property is an easy target.

Police are already linking these stickers to a number of burglaries in the borough. The stickers are printed with the words “24 hour locksmith” and a telephone number. However the number does not exist and does not appear to have ever been issued by a telecoms company.

Detectives believe the scout is sent to an area to look for homes that may be easier to burgle. The belief is that he or she may be calling at addresses to see if people are at home during the day. This also gives them the chance to get up close to doors and windows and check out how good the locks are.

If the scout thinks the home would be easy to break into – he or she leaves a sticker near the letterbox. If they are stopped by the police they can claim to be innocently distributing marketing material for the locksmiths firm.

The council’s crime prevention spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “There is growing evidence that some organised teams of burglars are using this method to target homes in south London.

“We are therefore urging local residents to keep a very close eye out for these stickers and if they find one to remove it straight away and report it to the police.

“It also goes without saying that if people can beef up their home security by fitting sturdy locks to doors and windows and alarms then this will always reduce the chances of them falling victims to thieves and burglars.”

Please report any such labels found at you home address to Police : Please phone 101 and ask to speak to your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Schubert Road March 2014 Update Letter

Dear Schubert Road Resident,

Following on from our very successful Jubilee Street Party in 2012 and progress we have made since then preventing cold callers on the road and campaigning for the council and Thames Water to make improvements, we are sending you an update from your Neighbourhood Watch Team.

Reminders for all residents:

  1. We are all volunteers and we do all this work to help make the road a lovely place to live – but we cannot do this on our own – we appreciate all help and really do need others to help take the strain – let us know if you can help with anything (leaflet distribution etc). We aim to make the NW cost neutral.  If you’re being asked to pay towards something – it’s only because ‘we’ can’t bear the whole cost ourselves.
  2. If you are invited to a street gathering or asked to vote on something or asked to do something – please RSVP to let us know you’re coming, please do VOTE when asked to ensure your voice and wishes are heard, please do ACT if asked, as without your assistance we can’t obtain bulk discounts/keep the Gardening/Book clubs going etc. Also we cannot cater for unconfirmed guests as we are a small group with limited time and resources.  Your help and cooperation in this matter make all the difference.
  3. Reminder about using Facebook/blog – please subscribe to the blog (schubertroad.org) and like us on Facebook (Schubert Road Neighbourhood Watch) to be kept up to date with all news, as we will no longer be sending out paperwork. If you have no internet access, please inform us and we can try to ensure that information is delivered to you by another means. This is also the best way to find out about local clubs (book/gardening etc.), babysitters, local contractors and events.
  4. If something is bothering you – let us know – perhaps we can help – perhaps others in the street are also struggling with a problem. It is much easier and more effective if we can act as a group.

Objectives of Schubert Road Neighbourhood Watch:

  1. To make the community a safer, more enjoyable place to live, work and play; looking out for the elderly, disabled and others in need of help.
  2. To promote issues such as security and safety, working closely with community groups including the Metropolitan Police, Council etc. and when there are issues putting pressure on these and other groups – Councils, Police, the Water Board, mis-behaving neighbours etc. to solve the problem.
  3. To share Information on local and tried contractors, babysitters, house sitters etc.

Please take a look at the other side of this letter to find details of our exciting new Schubert Road Bake Off happening this summer!

Best wishes,

Louise, Daphne, Paddy and Anne


Below is the invitation for our Schubert Road Bake Off Street Party:

Schubert Road Street Party Invite 2014

Be safe – order a cab by text…Cabwise

Cabwise is supported by the Mayor of London, The Metropolitan Police, and Transport for London.
Don’t put yourself at risk.
Always use a licensed minicab, taxi or Night bus to get home.
How to use …CABWISE:
1. TEXT: HOME to 60835 to get the numbers of one taxi and two local, licensed minicab companies*
2. PHONE: one of them
3. CAB: picks you up
4. HOME: safe and sound
* Text charged at 35p per enquiry plus standard text message rate. Roaming rates apply to overseas networks. Customers on Virgin, 3 and overseas networks need to enter different information. See tfl.gov.uk/cabwise for further details.

Message from N&HWNO on scams

At the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network office we often get phone calls or emails asking for advice about scams.
Silcence of the ScamsWe always advise anyone who suspects a scam, or who has been the victim of a scam, to report it to the police on www.actionfraud.police.uk
or 0300 123 2040.  However, it is always better to take preventative
action where possible and it is good to know what to look for to avoid being taken in, as well as to advise friends and family members when necessary.

The charity Think Jessica (www.thinkjessica.com) page booklet, ‘Scam mail is blackmail‘, is particularly useful and covers: lottery and prize draw scams, clairvoyant scams, catalogue scams, courier scams, bank / building society scams and more.  You can order a free hard copy of this booklet by emailing advice@thinkjessica.com.

Schubert Road Pavements

Further to our post sent out on the 25th February 2014.

We’ve just had a local resident have a very nasty fall due to the condition of our pavements  – we urgently now need EVERYONE to help to push this issue forward and get our pavements replaced.  If you’re able to assist in getting this issue resolved please let us know ASAP.

Many Thanks