We live in a tight knit community where news of crime incidents travels swiftly by word of mouth, through the Balcombe Community Facebook site, the Balcombe Community website and the Village Magazine.
Neighbourhood Watch is a National organisation (www.ourwatch.org.uk) well respected by the Police and some Home Insurance Companies. We also have a role in cascading information to our neighbours..Here is Balcombe we have 22 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 cascade information either by word of mouth or through email.
- 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 you know who your co-ordinator is?
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 on 01444 819262 if your area still has a vacancy.
We do not have a Facebook page as I believe it is better to have one place to find local information and this is already provided successfully by the Balcombe Community Facebook which villagers already use to report incidents and crimes.
Please remember that Facebook is not the best vehicle for crime reporting…..whilst social media can be effective in spreading news it is important the crime is reported directly to the Police. If you see something on Facebook, reply “ Report this # Sussex Police” which will trigger the correct response.
If there is immediate danger, do not hesitate, phone 999. Crime/Incident Reports can be made on-line through www.sussex.police.uk/report For non-emergency reporting you can still phone 101. Action is triggered by the quantity of reports received from an area so it is always good to report as it will put Balcombe on the map. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Please also inform your NHW Co-ordinator so information can be cascaded across the NHW Scheme that operates in the village. We cannot eliminate crime completely but greater awareness will help the community become more observant and safety conscious.
LIST OF CURRENT NHW COORDINATORS AS AT JANUARY 2021
|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|
|Nick Beecroft||01444 819162||Click to email||London Road|
|Sue Dowdall||01444 400519||Click to email||Redbridge Lane|
|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||Awaiting info||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.
Take care and keep safe.
01444 819262 firstname.lastname@example.org