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Orihuela Costa Branch - NHW in Spain
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Sunday, 13 February 2011 01:35

Application Forms

Neighbourhood Watch has been operating in Spain as Vecinos Cooperando y Colaborando de  España for over 8 years now.  It works by collecting and spreading information about criminal activity.  Each area has a coordinator who is informed by members of any suspicious activity or of any actual crimes committed.

The information can then be shared with other members and areas or reported to the police as appropriate.  The Police can then use this network to warn members of criminal activity in their own area or ask for help in tracing vehicles or suspects.  We are not a private police force and do not organise patrols or respond to emergencies –  in an emergency members still contact the local police or dial 112 in the usual way but as well, they contact their coordinator so the information can be shared. We watch our neighbourhood NOT our neighbours.

The more people who join the better the intelligence and therefore the more effective we can be. The main benefits for members of Neighbourhood Watch are:-

  • a reduction in crime levels-information supplied by members has led to many arrests and the recovery of stolen property
  • increased awareness of criminal activities and methods and the ability to take precautions accordingly
  • Regular meetings where people can get together and share information, learn about ways to protect their property, hear the latest advice, encourage closer communities and help and reassure those who live in fear of crime.
  • You will be helping in creating communities that care about each other. Neighbourhood Watch brings local people of every nationality together and can make a contribution to improving their lives.
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Thursday, 10 February 2011 00:36

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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 23:21

Torrevieja Police - GRASP

GRASP is a joint communications initiative between the Policía Local and the Guardia Civil in Torrevieja.  The initiative is intended to provide two-way communications between security agencies, citizens, commercial associations and organisations such as Vecinos Cooperando y Colaborando de España.

One of the communications channels envisaged by the security agencies is that in the event of a serious incident the security agencies can send, by SMS messaging, details of suspects, vehicles and other pertinent information.  

The manner in which Neighbourhood Watch can contribute to this communication channel is that the Lead Coordinator of each Torrevieja Branch would submit two mobile phone numbers to the security agencies and on receipt of an SMS message from them, seeking assistance, the Lead Coordinator would pass the information to all their contacts. 

This is a brief explanation of how the security agencies can be asisted by the public in resolving serious incidents.  The cooperation between the Policía Local and the Guardia Civil in Torrevieja is an example to all.



Wednesday, 02 February 2011 23:04

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 30/03/2011

The Committee met last week to discuss, amongst other things, this year´s AGM and the next meeting with Lead Coordinators. It was decided that, in a similar style to last year´s arrangements, both meetings will be held on the morning of Wednesday 30th March 2011, so I would be grateful if you would put this date in your diaries. The main business of the AGM will be the election of Association officers. The current officers are willing to stand for re-election but any other nominations (with proposer & seconder) can be made by email to me no later than 2 March 2011. A copy of last years AGM and EGM minutes are attached. Also attached is a proxy form for those members unable to attend. Lead Coordinators should bring completed forms along to the meeting. Most of you are familiar with these arrangements for the AGM but for those who are not please don´t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or need clarification on anything. A detailed agenda and further instructions will follow in due course.

Meeting of Managing Committee & Lead Coordinators - It is intended that this meeting will immediately follow the AGM. As with the AGM a detailed agenda and further instructions will follow in due course but two important issues will be the new website and future meetings in the North and South of the region. In the meantime, if you would like to host a meeting in your area and can provide a venue please get in touch.
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 23:03

Taxi Warning

A word of warning when using Taxis. An elderly neighbour went to the bank in town today to withdraw some cash. Being very sensible elected to take a taxi rather than the bus to her home.

When she got in the taxi 2 young women got in with her and the driver assumed they were together and so drove her home. When she got out of the taxi the driver said that the fare had been paid and drove away with the 2 women still in the taxi to another destination.
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 22:45

Subject: 50 euro man

This man has been visiting the Costa Blanca for many years. He has again migrated to our area and has been knocking on doors in the Villa Martin Area of the Orihuela Costa asking for money. What he does is not an offence under the Spanish law.

Activity:- He knocks on doors asking for money to pay for a locksmith as he has either lost his house keys or had his house broken into. He says that he is living in a house close by and gives his address.

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