What is the Association of Dorset Watches?
ADW, the Association of Dorset Watches, provides a pan Dorset umbrella organisation, which is able to offer advice and assistance to many individual groups. The ADW is made up of a large number of watch schemes including Neighbourhood and Home Watch, Business, Farm, Horse, Pub, Speed and Shop Watch. Together, the Watch schemes form a network, as well as the support of the Dorset PCC (Police Crime Comissioner) which makes it very easy for police to distribute messages and make appeals through. Should an incident happen, police are able to put out a message via the Dorset Alert system, which goes out to all members of the watch schemes. This system is not only used for gathering information from the public, such as with missing persons and witness appeals, but is also utilised when members of the community report suspicious behaviour in their area, to distribute important information from Dorset Police, etc. An example of this is where police have a sighting of a suspicious vehicle circling around an area, a message will go out via Dorset Alert to ensure residents in that area are aware of the suspicious activity and help to prevent them falling victim to any potential crime.
We are always looking for new volunteers for various roles so if you are able to help in any way please contact Association of Dorset Watches Chairman: John Shave MBE
Mobile: 07464 857801
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Current Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter
The December 2016 Newsletter is now available for download. Please right click and 'save as...' below to download a copy, it and previous editions with be also be added to the 'Newsletter Downloads' section of the navigation menu
NW December 2016 Newsletter
Promote Your Watch
The Association of Dorset Watches has a number of promotional items available for the leaders of local watches within the region to use at events. These include tear drop flags and pull-up banners as shown in the photo gallery below (Swipe images left or right with mouse or on touchscreen to scroll through the gallery).
As well as these we are also offering 'Beware Of Scams' stickers and note pads both of which can be given away, hopefully these will be particularly useful by the phones or computers of the elderly and vulnerable as a constant reminder to be cautious. Previews of both of these are available from the PDF downloads below.
Download A Sample Of The 'Beware Of Scams' Notepad (PDF)
Download A Sample Of The 'Beware Of Scams' Stickers (PDF)
And finally to really draw some attention to your stand (And hopefully keep kids entertained while you talk to their parents!) We also have a selection of bubble machines available for loan.
Association Of Dorset Watches 'Stay Safe' Leaflet
'Stay Safe' is a booklet produced by The Association Of Dorset Watches in association with Neighbourhood Watch as a free guide offering advice on all manners of personal safety including Fire Safety, Home Security and Fraud Prevention, as well as many more. It offers useful tips on all types of safety precautions from services like the Fire Brigade and Dorset Police, advice on what security products you should own and reputable suppliers from which they're available, as well as a directory of useful contacts for any further help and information you may need. You can have a flick through below (Swipe with mouse or on touchscreen to turn pages) Alternatively copies of the booklet are available for free as a PDF download from this website (link below) or to obtain a printed copy contact ADW.