Uttlesford is situated in the North West corner of Essex and borders both Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a population of 90,000 the major towns are Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow, along with Thaxted and Stansted (including the major international airport).
The area is mainly rural, but there are good communication links by way of the M11 and the Cambridge to Liverpool Street rail line. The District is a low crime area and much of the more serious criminal activity is imported using these communication links. It is the mission of Uttlesford Neighbourhood Watch to ensure that it stays that way.
We set up a District Steering Group in 2004 to bring together the many local Co-ordinators who, up to that time, operated a number of separate Schemes but without any support and direction. This proved to be turning point and Uttlesford now has the highest coverage of NhW Schemes in the County, with 40% of homes covered. During that time, the level of crime has been reduced through a weekly messaging system and by encouraging NhW members to report any concerns in a timely manner.
The Steering Group comprises members from the seven Neighbourhood Policing areas, and we regularly support public events and arrange property marking sessions across the District.
We work closely with the Police and other partners within the Community Safety Partnership where we have represented the voluntary sector for a number of years.
If you are interested in setting up a NhW Scheme where you live, or want to get involved with your local Scheme, please get in touch with us using the contact shown below;
Tel: 01799 543622