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Neighbourhood Watch

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

June 2012

Welcome to all those villagers who have signed up to the Todwick Neighbourhood Watch and to our new street co-ordinator since our last newsletter in March 2012. We hope that you find these newsletters informative and useful and we always value your information and feedback.

Our Annual General Meeting

The Village Hall, hall 2, has been booked for 7.15 pm on Thursday, 12th July 2012 for our AGM. All members (and non-members) welcome.

Euro Locks

Our article on Euro locks in the December 2011 newsletter has seen quite a number of village residents having new locks fitted to their uPVC doors. If you haven’t got round to having your locks changed yet, I have the telephone numbers of several organisations who are well established & who can undertake this work on your behalf. Please let me know if you require any further details by contacting me.

Suspicious Emails & Telephone Calls

This subject is becoming a regular feature as the number of reports of different scam telephone calls, text messages and emails grows by the day. Some of the latest reports cover telephone calls saying that you could get a refund on your credit card, although the caller did not specify the purpose of the refund. Text messages clearly stating that they had calculated your PPI (loan payment protection insurance) refund and to obtain it all you had to do was to visit a web site. For those who buy on the internet, you may be familiar with Pay Pal which is considered to be one of the more secure payment methods. Two residents have received emails purporting to come from Pay Pal advising that their account access is now limited. It further directs the receiver of the email to a fake web site. The there is the “Claim your tax refund on line” email which purports to come from HMRC. Please be very wary of any unexpected contact of this nature and would advise that no attachment to an email is opened. Best advice is just delete the message.

No Cold Calling Zones

Since our last newsletter, the following roads in Todwick have been sanctioned as “No Cold Calling Zones” De Houton Close, Osborne Road, Sandwith Road. Notices to this effect will soon be put up on suitable lampposts. We are also now looking to bring Church View, Manor Way, Manor Close & Manor Drive into the scheme along with Roche End, part of Staniforth Crescent & Mill Hills. The no cold calling scheme is actively supported by South Yorkshire Police, Consumer Direct and Trading Standards. If you feel that you and your neighbours would benefit from being part of this free scheme, please let me know. Remember it is a free service.

Personal Attack Alarms

About 2 years ago we offered any village resident a personal attack alarm free of charge. The take-up of this offer was magnificent and over 80 alarms were distributed to Todwick residents. I still have a few of these alarms available for anyone who wishes to have one.

Noise Pollution

Noise pollution seems to be becoming an increasing problem issue & it comes in many forms. In our last newsletter we looked at noise from loudspeakers and radios in vehicles. This time we are looking at things like regular occurrences of excessively noisy home stereos and radios, noisy car repairs, dogs barking and similar noises. Under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act, if you feel that your quality of life is being undermined by unwelcome noise, the matter should in the first place be reported to RMBC Community Protection on tel. 01709 823118 (a direct line). This department encompasses not only noise pollution but also environmental health dealing with many other issues including things such as smoke emissions.

Garden & Allotment Sheds

During the last 3 months there have been many reports of theft from garden sheds, thankfully none from our village. However, we should all be aware of the problem and ensure that any shed has substantial hinges and a robust lock on the door.

Contact Information

SY Police for non-emergency calls, to report a crime or give information dial 101.

Crimestoppers to give information about crime (you do not have to give your name) dial 0800 555 111 Open Mon-Fri 0800 to 2200 hrs, Sat-Sun 1000 to 1600 hrs

Action Fraud this is a government run reporting centre for fraud. Calls can be made to 0300 123 2040 anonymously or text on 0300 123 2050.

Crime Statistics

The crime statistics for Todwick for March, April & May 2012 inclusive, kindly provided by South Yorkshire Police are:

Vehicles – criminal damage


Vehicles – theft of


Assault occasioning actual bodily harm


Anti-social behaviour – all under the “nuisance” banner



Rowdy / inconsiderate behaviour


Vehicle nuisance – inappropriate use


Thanks to all the villagers who have provided details of incidents & issues in the village. Thanks also to Sheila Pantry for ensuring our village website shows our newsletters. For further details please contact Norman Anderson (chair)