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A quick guide . . . showing the basics about starting a HomeWatch Group / Scheme under the Maghull HomeWatch Association umbrella.
It is far less involved and a much smaller commitment than you might think.
1. ~ Great idea about joining us. We can help you to start your group...Our 'Member Liaison Officer' can visit you to give more details / answer questions and we have literature for you to show you & for your neighbours. You will not be signing your life away and you are not even expected to attend our meetings ~ but would be warmly welcomed anytime.
2. ~ Someone in your road volunteers to become the HomeWatch 'Coordinator' aka 'Scheme Leader' & initiates a HomeWatch 'Group' for with as many, or as few neighbours as THEY can manage (The Police suggest about 20, but the more neighbours/members around you the better your own security) ~ and arrange a meeting with your neighbours to discuss the group and/or elect a different leader if desired
3. ~ Collect £2 / house which is their £1 annual membership fee and a one-off £1 which gets you a free road sign for every 20 houses in the group
We arrange for the Council to put it on a suitable lamppost for your group at NO charge.
~ You will all receive a 'HomeWatch Triangle' which tells would-be thieves that you & your neighbours are security conscious and look out for each other.
4. ~ Once a month we deliver an envelope to the Leader containing their required number of A4 Newsletters (we only ask for a list of the house numbers in your group, not your neighbour's names) ~ then just fold them to suit yourself & post them through your member's doors.
Ask for the 'HomeWatch DISCOUNT' when you renew your house insurance :o)
~ You also become eligible to buy SMARTWATER for the ridiculously low price of £10 (with free registration for life)
MHWA Chairman says:"I started in 2001 by getting 40 neighbours into "my" group in my road
~everyone gladly gave their £1+£1's and we even bought 2 extra road signs.
Like most people,I only knew a few close neighbours when I started out, and starting the group made our section of the road more sociable too.
'my' group has expanded and I now have additional helpers and even more neighbours involved, which is nice!
~ the more neighbours that communicate the better & the safer your road becomes.
I can answer any questions via email."