Neighbourhood Watch is the largest crime prevention movement in the country with 2.3 million households as members.
Its aim is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. The vision is of a caring society that is focused on trust and respect in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life. Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.
Although Balcombe is relatively low in crime incidents we have had a spat of graffiti vandalism, shop lifting, valuables stolen from cars, house break-ins with cash and jewellery taken. This is upsetting for all. Such crimes must be reported to the police and let your co-ordinator know so we can warn residents of Balcombe. You can report to the police by phoning 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or going on to the Sussex police website where there is a crime reporting link.
Do you know your Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator?
In Balcombe we have 23 co-ordinators who cover areas/streets in the village.
Their role is:
- To be the point of contact for their neighbours.
- To keep neighbours informed of any local crimes or concerns – most co-ordinators will do this via email alerts.
- To report any incidents to other co-ordinators so this information can be distributed across the village.
- To be a link with the Community Police.
- To raise awareness of safety measures that can be taken to reduce crime.
- Do they have your email address so you can be forewarned of any village incidents? Check out the Balcombe Village Website for details of your co-ordinator and contact me if your area still has a vacancy.
We are never going to be able to stop crime completely but we all have a role in keeping an eye on our neighbours’ well-being, checking those who are vulnerable, being on the look out for windows that are left open or any suspicious behaviours and doing all we can to ensure our homes and families are protected from crime.
Take care and keep safe.
List of current NHW coordinators as at March 2020
|Julie Mitchell||01444 819262||Click to email||Balcombe NHW Coordinator|
|Carolyn Robertson||01444 811732 |
|Click to email||Stockcroft Rd|
|Pauline Lidbury||01444 819209||Click to email||Stockcroft Rd — from Victoria Road to village centre|
|Lisa Greer||07801 868233||Click to email||Stockcroft Rd (houses along track behind the Victory Hall)|
|Glenda Thomson||01444 811462||Click to email||Haywards Heath Rd — from Truncheons & Old Dairy to Deanland Rd junction|
|Paul Mitchell||01444 819262||Click to email||Haywards Heath Rd – Deanland Rd to Meadow Close and Mill Lane|
|Alison Musker||01444 811685||Click to email||Paddockhurst Lane|
|Sally & Derek Dowsett||01444 811898||Click to email||Haywards Heath Rd – from Combers to pavement end|
|Andrew Edmondson||01444 811413||Click to email||Stumblemead + Standing in for Oldlands Ave from Stumblemead to Haywards Heath Rd|
|Richard Contreras||01444 811626 |
|Click to email||Oldlands Ave – from Stumblemead to Jobes|
|Clive Sparke||01444 811457||Click to email||Jobes|
|Sue Roberts||01444 819072|
|Click to email||Newlands|
|Mike Chettleburgh||07785 557070||Click to email||The Nurseries|
|John Pierpoint||01444 811454||Click to email||Deanland Rd – north from Haywards Heath to Victoria Rd plus Victoria Rd (see below)|
|Julia Wilson||01444 811304||Click to email||Troymede|
|Ron Parker||01444 811781||Click to email||Stockcroft Rd — from Victoria Rd to Oldlands Ave|
|Volunteer Needed||London Road|
|Sue Dowdall||01444 400519||Click to email||Redbridge Lane|
|David Earl||01444 811921||Click to email||High Street|
|Linda & George Short||01444 811667||Click to email||Bramblemead|
|Aubbrhea Seymour||01444 811493||Click to email||Bramble Hill from Half Moon to London Road|
|Johnnie McDougall||01444 811493||Click to email||Foxwells|
|Suzi Jacobs||01444 811292||Click to email||Deanland Road from Victoria Road to Oldlands Avenue|
|Volunteer Needed||Village Centre from pub and shop inc Lakeview Cottages|
|Volunteer Needed||Glebe View|
|Volunteer Needed||Rocks Lane|
|Volunteer Needed||West up|
|Volunteer Needed||Meadow Close|
|Volunteer Needed||Victoria Road|
|Volunteer Needed||Brantridge Lane to Whitethroat Lane|
|Volunteer Needed||Oldlands Avenue from Haywards Heath Rd to Stumblemead|
If you live in an area where a volunteer is needed, please contact Julie Mitchell – details at top of this table