At our 16th AGM Winchester District Chief Inspector Steve France-Sargeant thanked Neighbourhood Watch for their work, which he said was well respected.

With the Constabulary taking 2.5 million calls a year, and with finite resources, police visibility in the rural areas is much lower than it was 10 years ago. He emphasised the important part that the community plays as the eyes and ears for the Police and how vital it is that we report all incidents so that preventative measures can be put in place.

He outlined plans to recruit Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) in a staged introduction, with Alresford getting its first in January. PCSO’s will be required to spend 80% of their time “on the street”; hours worked being up to 11 p.m. They will not follow the traditional pattern of the Beat Officer, and their flexibility will be controlled by the Station Sergeant.

The CI related one interview with a burglar recently apprehended by the police, who openly stated that he went from house to house trying doors and, if found locked, would move on. He also looked out for keys, wallets and mobile phones emptied from pockets and left in inviting places e.g. mantelpieces or tables in full view of windows. Take note, always lock your doors, both vehicles and houses.


People in Hampshire are being reminded to continue to use the new 101 phone service for non emergencies.

Tens of thousands of people have used the Single Non-Emergency Number (SNEN) since its launch in the county and Isle of Wight in May last year. Hampshire Constabulary believes it is important that the residents of Hampshire and Isle of Wight know that 101 continues to thrive and hope that evaluation of the service is sufficient for the service to be extended across the rest of England and Wales

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The importance of reporting incidents to the Police, however frustrating, has been repeated time and time again and I make no apology for reinforcing that message. Statistics mean everything to large organisations; they make important decisions based on them. No reports means no crime, which ultimately means no policing! The Committee was re-elected at the November AGM and I would like to thank them and indeed all of you for your support. Keep up the good work. One of the jobs of the Committee is to represent your views to the Police, who attend our meetings, so do please let one of them know if something is of concern in your area.

Rob Fellows


We would like to thank the following loyal Co-ordinators, who for one reason or another are giving up the role.

John Stanbrook (Spring Watch) and Margaret Underwood (Ashburton Watch) both of whom have been Co-ordinators since Neighbourhood Watch started in Alresford, some 15/16 years ago; also to Kevin Haines (Bishop's Sutton).

Welcome to- Janet Berry (Spring Watch), Colin Harris (Ashburton), Beryl Brickwood (Bridge Road and Nicholson Place), Maureen Henry (The Lakes). Len Larden (Tichborne) and Richard Milligan (Bishop's Sutton).

South Road is still vacant, so if any one wishes to volunteer please contact the Secretary on 734833.


Welcome and thank you for volunteering to Jenny Hayes in Meadow Close and Carolyn Powers in Oak Hill North. We still need cover for Nicholson Place/Bridge and South Roads, plus Lakes (the north end of Sun Hill Crescent, Ullswater Grove and Buttermere Gardens). Please let the Secretary know if you would be prepared to help.


The post of Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator at county level has now been made permanent. After the initial twelve month period is up, we know that we will continue to have a Co-ordinator at county level working for us within the constabulary.


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Constabulary Column

An update from Alresford's Sergeant Wayne Curson

A very quiet period, with little crime or incidents throughout December. There were no incidents recorded for Alresford from Christmas Eve, through until the 27th.our mini Christmas initiative did have an impact.....or was it the weather ? Following the government cutbacks, the Chief Inspector now tells me to expect two PCSO's Alresford's new Safer Neighbourhood area. I look forward to working with you and the community of Alresford in the new Neighbourhood Policing set up, in order to ensure community issues are tackled and resolved through ourselves and our partners.


My name is Jim Ingram and I am your Crime Prevention Officer employed by the Hampshire Constabulary and based at Winchester Police Station, North Walls, Winchester SO23 8DW. I am responsible for organising and developing crime prevention measures throughout the whole of the Winchester District. I can be contacted by telephone on 01962 871626 or by email: I am happy to receive telephone calls and emails from members of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and the general public alike.


Sat Navs are still the number one target for thieves. Owners should remove them from their vehicles and also remove all signs they have one. If thieves see the cradle/holder or even sucker marks theyatoif the Sat Nav has beenthe glove compartment.

Prompted by the introduction of House Packs later this year, which will potentially make more of your personal details available to anyone, I give below a list of things to think about when moving house.

Some estate agents web sites show valuable items, so, remove these items before any photographs are taken.



A committee member is currently going round checking, cleaning and replacing Neighbourhood Watch street signs in the town. This is the beginning of a refurbishment exercise to smarten up the signs, which have been proven to deter crime.