Westwell residents should call 101 to contact their local Kent Police officer, make an enquiry and to report non-urgent crimes. If a crime is in progress or in an emergency then call 999. For more local Kent Police information, please click here.

 Westwell Community Watch Scheme

The Parish Council has launched a new, and free, Community Watch Scheme which, as well as including the original Neighbourhood Watch, will provide you with carefully selected community safety news and alerts that directly relate to OUR area from the Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue, Highways, the Environment Agency, Met Office and other important agencies like the Utility Providers, KCC and ABC.

This information can be provided to you in a number of ways:

• By email,
• Mobile phone text messages,
• Directly from your local watch co-ordinator
• Checking the regular updates published on the Community website
• Published in the Westwell Eye. 

The choice is yours!

To register and let us know your preference – YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE IT LATER – click here.

Once registered you will get your starter pack of Crime & Fire Prevention literature and Window  and Emergency Numbers stickers  together with contact details of your local watch co-ordinator.

By joining WCWS, you help keep yourselves, as well as your neighbourhood.....


NEW -- Can you help with information?

A mugging took place in Westwell Lane, Potters Corner on Monday 16th September 2019 at about 7.00 am when a woman was physically attacked and her purse stolen. The perpetrator was a “scruffy young white male wearing a dark shell suit”. It started at the railway end of the Lane and continued towards Sandyhurst Lane.  He ran off towards Potters Close
Anyone with information or video footage should call 101.  Be extra vigilant when out walking alone in the area.

Kent Against Burglary

Most of us lock our homes before going out or going to bed, but do you also:

•                    use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look like you’re home?
•                    store car keys and cash/handbags somewhere safe and out of sight?
•                    security-mark and photograph important items to help identify them if needed?
•                    use a safe to store gold jewellery  – or better still, a safety deposit box at your bank?

Burglars will seek out an opportunity if they can. Let’s work together to limit their chances.

Click here to see latest edition of Rural Matters Community Watch magazine For more tips to keep your home and important items safe, visit www.kent.police.uk/burglary, find us on Facebook or follow @kent_police on Twitter.

Dealing with unexpected visitors

Do your elderly parents, neighbours or friends worry about bogus callers? Would they know what to do if an unexpected visitor calls? 
You can support them by visiting www.kent.police.uk/advice/bogus-callers-and-rogue-traders/ for our tips on protecting your home and what to do if someone unexpected stops by.

On–line or Telephone Scams

Do you realise you are at much greater risk of having your money taken you from the comfort of your own home through on-line scams than by being burgled or mugged?

The following has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

Payment Diversion Alert  

Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourselfAlways check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it onlinehttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

If you are a victim of any of this, or similar, scams please contact KENT TRADING STANDARDS on:
Contact Telephone No:  03454 04 05 06

Stay vigilant and spread the word!

[October 2016]

Keep your HOUSE, your PROPERTY and your FAMILY


Use the guidance provided by the emergency services below.

Reducing the risk of Fire
Follow the e-links below:

• Make your home safe from fire
• Fire safety for parents and child carers
• Fire safety tips for Christmas
• Fire safety when celebrating
• Fire safety in the winter
• Fire safety outdoors
• Fire safety in the home
• Start a new life: save someone else's
• Fire safety for Gypsies and Travellers
• Fire safety for people with sight, hearing or mobility issues

Maidstone fire prompts safety warning 

Residents of a property were using expandable foam to insulate a vivarium and it appears that fumes collecting inside the unit may have been ignited by a nearby calor gas heater. 

The incident has prompted KFRS to remind everyone that they must follow manufacturers instructions when using expanding foam - a DIY product generally used to fix and fill holes and gaps. The propellant gas used to dispense the foam (methylene-diphenyl-diisocyanate 4,4) is highly flammable. The gas is emitted from the foam as it expands and dries out. It is heavier than air, sinks and forms an invisible cloud. If an ignition source is present, the gas can catch fire, potentially with explosive force. It is important to ensure rooms are very well ventilated when applying the foam, especially when it's being applied in confined spaces. The ventilation should continue while the foam is curing and hardening. THey should also ensure there are no naked flames, such as candles, gas cookers or gas fires in use when the foam is being applied and when the foam is curing.

Preventing Rural Crime

• Secure your property.   Rural or remote properties, or settings that offer privacy away from public view, are more at risk of being targeted by criminals.
• Close and lock windows and doors when you go out, work in the garden or tend to other areas of your property.
• Keep the boundaries of your property well-maintained and secure to keep out unwanted visitors. Restrict access to your land and property with locked gates, locks to sheds, garages and  outbuildings .
• Consider installing security lights, alarms and CCTV to deter intruders and maintain visibility, particularly in dark or sheltered areas of your property. Check regularly to ensure it works.
• Protect machinery, plant and tools and store them safely when not in use.
• Security-mark machinery, plant and tools to make it easier for the police to identify and return them to you if they are recovered.
• Store fuel  tanks within cages or secure buildings where possible, and keep the area locked and alarmed, consider fitting anti-siphon devices, level alarms or using diesel dye.
• Join your local Country Eye scheme.

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