Welcome to ANW Tabbed Newswatch
Okay, we signed up! NOW WHAT? (That's what I would be wondering!)
The form on the right is a Q & A form to gather information from you to determine how you will participate within the program.
There is no right answer either. It is about making the system suit your available time, easier scheduling for different activities and leadership roles.
Each person can submit only one, so make sure you have it right. I have added a Save and Continue if you get interrupted.
Please fill in each question as you progress and you will receive a confirmation at the end of the form upon submission. Thanks!
Now that you have signed up we need you to complete the form in this Tabbed News on the right. If you are on your phone then it will be sequential as you scroll through this.
As we gather the data on your neighbours who have enrolled we will be able to set up the Watch system and then we will eventually have a coffee together and being planning.
As we have come to learn the set up is the first step. Thereafter we agree on the plan and roles within that plan. Once that is determined we begin applying our new understanding of community safety and awareness. The best part of the awareness is getting to know one another even better.
What are roles?
Roles are determined based on the amount of time you can commit to the effort and what level of responsibility to one another you want to take on. They are all equally important, if anything, being a Watch Member is the most important and that is all of us.
Thereafter we have our Watch Captains who help lead a community within a sector of Alliston. For example, a Watch Captain would be liaise between the Watch Members and the police (in non-emergency) and if it is an emergency they would be who you would debrief with thereafter on what took place. Watch Captains communicate with Watch Coordinators in sharing between sectors of Alliston information and concerns. Captains will manage your groups message boards as well and use the website as a notification and alerting system for your community.
Lastly Watch Coordinators are those who lead sectors of Alliston. Sectors are made up of the smaller communities based on a grid. Watch Coordinators liaise with the police liaison officer, with other Coordinators and Captains. The Coordinator will provide support to all the sectors and leaders within each community as needed for guidance and direction. Each community has an Action Plan that falls under the Coordinators direction.
Is there a cost to this?
Funny you would ask….
Seriously though, no, there isn’t a direct cost as per say. With that said, the web is currently subsidized but if you wish to participate in any of the security programs we have had created for our communities to utilize there may be costs. If that is the case, the program will carry you throughout the planning process with your community and the shared costs. If you decide to use a third party your Watch Captain can arrange the process of collection and payment.
I’m John MacDonald, the designer of the Alliston Neighbourhood Watch site and kick started the program last year, along with Patricia Oliviera, in hopes of creating community participation programs resulting in safer neighbourhoods with the support, in conjunction with, our local police.
Right away, I must say, I am terribly sorry for how long this has taken since you all signed up and are finally getting a response, aside of course, from our wonderful computer generated registration confirmations. Due to getting old I was not able to get back to you all as my injury happened right as you all came on board. I’ll explain sometime, however, I am much better, have been logging lots of time into the site and am so very excited to dig into this with you all.
I am so very pleased in seeing the registration populate and equally impressed how your Treetops Community has shown their concern for community safety in numbers.
Time is something isn’t it? A year ago Patricia Oliviera and I, met with the OPP liaison officer and media officer to plan somewhat of a structure of a Neighbourhood Watch and here we are, one year later, finally getting traction! It was only a couple of months prior to that my own family experienced a crime in progress which ended up being the catalyst to wanting to start this.
The message of safety always hits us harder when it is direct and right at home. The fallout is the benefit of being able to bond together as a community and share in awareness of activity, as you have now, through Patricia’s efforts. I am so pleased to have seen such a great response and sign up to the community website.
With that said, that means, it is time to get to work on what we hoped for in 2018. To do that we first need to have your group become more acquainted with the way the Watch works. Who will play what role and to what degree do you want to have activity? Activity could be walking dogs together at specific times (if you chose to), or participating in a function within the neighbourhood and how to protect vacant homes during the event. Awareness is key to protecting your castle. We will figure all that out and more as we move forward as we have committed a great deal of research to this and benefited throughout Neighbourhood Watches in North America who helped in providing elemental tips in setting things up. Shortly we will have a Treetops Plan of Action created for your community specifically, and although it isn’t so much a time consumer, it is a commitment to one another. Please go through all the Tabbed News each month, especially on this specific letter as it holds the keys to operating within your user on the site that you have created and how you can all interact together within the community from your computers. Sit, talk as a group, privately, write an article, its your Treetops Neighbourhood Watch facility.
So great to have you all on board. Great work Patti, thank you for kickstarting this for us all and lets make things just that much safer!
Thanks and always, feel free to drop me a note through my user.