SMI NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME
Local Crime Information
St Mary's Island (SMI) Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
SMIRA carried out a resident consultation in July 2020 on its island wide neighbourhood watch scheme proposals. The proposals included two parts:
As part of its information sharing approach SMIRA will:
Register the whole island as one scheme
Act as the lead Neighbourhood Watch controller for the SMI scheme
Ask SMI Sector Representatives to act as information sharers about the new scheme
Create a new crime incident reporting form on the SMIRA website for SMI residents to share information about crime on SMI (this does not replace direct reporting of incidents to the police on 999 and 101)
Information received from the incident form will go directly to CMT and the PCSO
Create new website pages outlining ways to reduce crime on SMI as part of a neighbourhood watch scheme
Continue to utilise its existing residents meetings to discuss crime on the island
Provide residents with Neighbourhood Watch stickers to display in windows
Working with CMT ensure formal Neighbourhood Watch scheme signage is placed around the island
Fortnightly resident led patrols
Working with Chatham Maritime Trust and Kent Police, one evening patrol will be held each fortnight in any given month.
Residents participating as part of the patrol will be provided with Hi-Viz branded Neighbourhood Watch jackets to ensure other residents are aware they are part of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
During the patrols, data will be collected to identifying where there are opportunities for easy thefts such as insecure vehicles, property left on display, unlocked windows, gates or sheds.
Residents affected will then be contacted about observations relating to their home during the patrol and to offer information on ways to prevent crime.
All social distancing rules will be observed during the patrol.
The key outcomes of the patrols and how many incident reports have been received will be presented as information at SMIRA residents meetings.
Residents voted in favour of the proposals in July 2020 and the scheme was launched in August 2020.