Over 50 addresses sign up as Kenilworth’s community rallies to support new CCTV scheme

IN LESS THAN A MONTH from being launched Kenilworth’s new CCTV registration scheme has attracted over 50 residents to sign up. The scheme enables the local community and Warwickshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team for Kenilworth to work closer together and potentially save hours and hours of police officers time.

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A spokesperson for Kenilworth Watch said “We are absolutely delighted that so many people in Kenilworth have already signed up to this innovative and great scheme and we’d like to thank them. The more people and addresses that have CCTV that sign up the better because it can really help our policing team concentrate their time and resources.”

The register was designed by and has been in operation at nearby Finham Neighbourhood Watch in Coventry for some time and Finham NHW kindly offered to provide a system for Kenilworth.

The system does not request or have access to any CCTV systems, it’s simply a register that aids efficiency.  “The greater the coverage we can get by getting as many people signed up as possible, the more efficient our police officers can be in locating potentially useful CCTV images. We also believe that if we can achieve widespread coverage with a well populated CCTV register then it will also act as a real deterrent to criminal visiting our town and neighbourhoods” a Kenilworth Watch spokesperson added.

If you have CCTV and would like to resister or you want more details all the links needed can be found here:

How you can help deliver a step change in crime prevention and detection in Kenilworth

Burglary – Kenilworth

Please be aware that between 19.00hrs and 22.30hrs on Saturday 1 February 2020 offender/s have removed a panel from an outer door on a garage at a property on John O Gaunt Road, Kenilworth. Having accessed the garage the offender/s have then broken through a door from the garage into the main part of the property. Once inside the offender/s have made an untidy search and stolen a purse, a quantity of cash and some items of jewellery.

This is incident 463 of 1 February 2020

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about this incident then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Kenilworth Residents -Vote NOW for your policing priority

KENILWORTH residents are encouraged to use their vote this weekend to choose the policing priority they would like Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team to give priority.

The next Kenilworth Community Forum for the Kenilworth and Burton Green area will be held on Monday 03-FEB-2020 at the Kenilworth Senior Citizen’s Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ. The forum starts at 7pm.

Prior to the forum the online vote is now live for the Policing Priorities. The suggested priorities are:

• Mobile Working – SNT Officers working away from the office, enabling members of the public to easily engage with the team.
• Speed Checks / Monitoring – Cromwell Lane, Burton Green.
• School Parking Patrols – Patrols at school drop-off/collection times in Kenilworth and Burton Green. Ensuring children are safe when going to and from school.
• High-Visibility Foot Patrols – Foot patrols in Kenilworth to prevent/detect offences and engage with members of the public.
• ASB / Drug Prevention Patrols – Patrols in the Kenilworth area, targeting anti-social behaviour hotspots. Preventing/detecting offences and providing early intervention for young persons.

To cast your vote online, visit https://app.sli.do/event/igk2wuty/live/polls If prompted, please enter event code #S335

Kenilworth’s Crime Rate – half national average

KENILWORTH is a great place to live.

Analysis of the latest crime statistics shows that Kenilworth is also a safe place to live. We are conscious here at Kenilworth Watch that as we keep the community informed with timely and regular crime alerts, it can easily build a perception that our town is a crime hotspot when compared to other places.

The first thing we would say is that most other places are no different from Kenilworth, but many are not fortunate to receive timely and regular crime alerts when incidents have taken place. This often means incidents are taking place, but some communities don’t get to hear about them, certainly not as frequently.

Crime statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the 2018/19 crime index, that’s the crime rate per 1,000 population, was 95 for the United Kingdom as whole and 101 for England and Wales.

So where does Kenilworth sit in all of this?

Well, it’s good news, the crime rate in Kenilworth between January 2019 to December 2019 was 53, that’s about half the national average crime rate reported for the 2018/19 year.

It’s positive news, and we believe that because our community has been extra vigilant, receives up to date crime alerts and engages with its Safer Neighbourhood Team we all, each one of us, have contributed to reducing the crime rate.

And… let’s not forget Warwickshire Police, who have been busy too apprehending offenders and working with neighbouring forces to put away criminals from organised crime gangs who have been responsible for some of the crime our community has experienced in the past year or so.

It may also interest you to know that the crime rate has fallen in Kenilworth over the last three consecutive years from 70 in 2017 to 67 in 2018 and now to 53 for 2019. So Kenilworth is NOT a crime hotspot – far from it.

Complacency is the enemy of Security

However, complacency is the enemy of security and great as this news is we’d be foolish to think that Kenilworth will be exempt from further crime. The critical element most criminals look for is an opportunity, and they will undoubtedly continue to check Kenilworth out to see if they can find:

  • a vehicle with valuables left in view inside
  • a house where it’s too apparent the householders are away from
  • a high-value vehicle with no visible theft deterrent like a steering lock parked at a property without anti-snap locks and or a monitored alarm and CCTV

We appreciate that many Kenilworth residents have already taken steps to do things differently and close such opportunities that were previously open to criminals. Thanks to all those that have done this and helped the crime rate to fall because it helps prevent crime and crucially gives the police a real chance to concentrate on detecting and catching persistent offenders and targeting organised crime.

Let’s get over 50!

The new CCTV Register we launched just two weeks ago has been a great success with 46 homes across our town already signing up! The register helps the police save hours and hours by enabling us to alert CCTV owners to look through their footage in the event of an incident nearby. We are hoping we can hit the 50 milestone this week, so if you have CCTV, and that includes things like RING doorbells, then please register. Here’s a link that tells you more and enables you to sign up.

How you can help deliver a step change in crime prevention and detection in Kenilworth

Help make a big difference with your individual steps

We’d encourage all residents to think about their home, property and security and look for those opportunities that may inadvertently exist for criminals. We are fortunate in Kenilworth in having a proactive and focused Safer Neighbourhood Team who are on hand and available to provide you advice and reassurance. You can contact Kenilworth’s SNT on 01926 684404 or by email at: kenilworth.snt@warwickshire.police.uk

 

 

 

Vote Now on Kenilworth Policing Priorities

You now have you chance to vote for the priority you wish Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team to give the most focus to.

Please understand that the choices that you do not choose will not be ignored if your priority becomes the one the most vote for. The poll is to give your SNT a current view of what you think out of all the priorities is the most important to you at the moment.

Please take the time to engage and vote….

(The next Kenilworth Community Forum for the Kenilworth and Burton Green area will be held on Monday 03-FEB-2020 at the Kenilworth Senior Citizen’s Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ. The forum starts at 7pm.)

Prior to the forum the online vote is now live for the Policing Priorities.

The suggested priorities are:

  • Mobile Working – SNT Officers working away from the office, enabling members of the public to easily engage with the team.
  • Speed Checks / Monitoring – Cromwell Lane, Burton Green.
  • School Parking Patrols – Patrols at school drop-off/collection times in Kenilworth and Burton Green. Ensuring children are safe when going to and from school.
  • High-Visibility Foot Patrols – Foot patrols in Kenilworth to prevent/detect offences and engage with members of the public.
  • ASB / Drug Prevention Patrols – Patrols in the Kenilworth area, targeting anti-social behaviour hotspots. Preventing/detecting offences and providing early intervention for young persons.

VOTE NOW – click on this link

 

Buddy Bears for Children launched by Kenilworth’s SNT

An innovative new scheme is being launched that can support children in times of distress or emergency. It’s all down to the ladies of the Knitting Group of St Barnabus Church, Kenilworth and Police Community Support Officer Rachael Clayton who is part of Warwickshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) for Kenilworth. 

The Knitting Group at St Barnabus’s Church, who have done lots for various good causes over several years, contacted Kenilworth’s SNT and asked if they would like some knitted teddy bears to give out to children, after hearing that other police forces have a similar scheme, but that Warwickshire do not yet benefit from this. PSCO Rachael Clayton discussed and accepted the kind offer and the ladies have been busy knitting “Buddy Bears” . 

It’s a simple idea that could make all the difference to a child. Over the next few weeks, PCSO Clayton will be talking to a selection of police officers in South Warwickshire about helping pilot a scheme and making Buddy Bears available to them. The idea is that Buddy Bears will go on shift with officers who respond to incidents. A Buddy Bear can be offered where an officer thinks it might be helpful at an event they may be dealing, with to provide some comfort or distraction to a child. This also helps to create some common ground between the police and child, in the event that a police officer has to visit them on more than one occasion. 

“It’s wonderful that the group at St Barnabus have made this offer and have already knitted us twenty Buddy Bears as a start. This scheme could make all the difference to a child, and it’s great that some officers in Warwickshire Police, who are synonymous with the Warwickshire Bear that’s on their cap badge, are going to pilot this scheme” said PSCO Clayton. 

PC Marie Holt, one of the Beat Managers for Kenilworth SNT, said: “We have a great community in Kenilworth. This kind offer and Rachael’s engagement with the group at St Barnabus shows how policing, and the community can come together to help one another and make a real difference”. 

Ring Doorbells & CCTV Sign Up >50

We are pleased to report that in just over a week already 35 Kenilworth residents have joined Kenilworth’s new CCTV register that’s designed to help police quickly identify where any CCTV is situated should they need to investigate an incident.

The register, which does NOT involve any live access to householders private CCTV, also covers ‘RING” doorbells as these devices also provide very effective CCTV. Kenilworth Watch, who launched the CCTV Register scheme after seeing a successful scheme in nearby Finham, Coventry, are appealing to people who might not have yet registered to do so and for householders that have CCTV doorbells to also register.

A spokesperson for Kenilworth Watch said “We have been overwhelmed by the speed as which so many residents from across Kenilworth have signed up to the CCTV register so far. It shows there is a real great community spirit in our town. With 35 properties already registered we’d love to get the number to at least over 50 properties because that’s such a message about Kenilworth that will help drive crime prevention and encourage offenders miss out our town and go elsewhere.”

“We love to hear from people who have not yet got round to registering and also from householders who have “RING” type doorbells that record people approaching the door, it’s CCTV and it would be great to have it on the register.”

“All we need for residents to register is their name, address, email and ideally their telephone number and that’s it.” the spokesperson added.

Often CCTV images can help the police track or discover a wider level of activity by offenders. The Finham scheme has been successful in this respect. When several residents, who were signed up to the CCTV register, all provided images of persons approaching their property what resident’s thought were individual events were pieced together by police who then had evidence that the area was being targeted. Consequently, offenders were duly caught and prosecuted.

For more information or to register your CCTV or RING doorbell please go to this link:

How you can help deliver a step change in crime prevention and detection in Kenilworth