Nominated Neighbour scheme

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2005 - 08:52 PM


South East Kent Police very successfully launched this scheme with funding from the Police and both the Shepway & Dover Crime Reduction Partnership. It is about asking community-minded people to double check the identity of callers who visit the home of their vulnerable neighbours. A vulnerable neighbour can be someone that is elderly and lives alone, it can be someone who has a disability whether physical or through illness or it be can as a result of an accident.

Those residents that are at risk will display a yellow card to unrecognised and unexpected callers that will ask the visitor to call at their Nominated Neighbour's house.

Identification of the caller will be verified by the neighbour and they will accompany the caller back to the vulnerable residents home and, if required, will assist the resident in dealing with the caller's intended business.

This is a simple scheme and it encourages a community to work together to fight one of the most cowardly of crimes. The message is also simple 'do not allow anyone into your home who you do not know’.

By displaying the yellow card there is no need for any conversation to take place between the resident and the caller. All genuine callers will be more than willing to go to the Nominated Neighbours house.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Sally Coleman, Parish & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer on 08 3565/01304 218151 or [1]