TIM DREW: Free insurance secured and engagement event

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NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch is pleased to announce it has secured free public liability insurance for all Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch schemes across England and Wales to enable volunteers to carry out their roles.

The policy starts from April 1, 2015, and will run until March 31, 2016.

It covers any scheme registered with an authority recognised or verified by the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN).

This includes the police service, the local authority or constituted NHW associations.

There will be no need for each police force or NHW association to register with the policy holder (NHWN) or the broker (Access Insurance). In the event of a claim, the onus will be on the schemes or associations to prove as to how they are recognised as a NHW scheme or association in line with local policies and procedures or within their constitution.

If any such activities cause injury to third parties or damage to third party property, the insurer will cover claims arising for up to £10million per claim occurring during the insured period.

• Meanwhile, on Thursday, April 9, the West End Local Action Team is holding a community engagement event, which is part of a wider strategy to reduce the fear of crime locally, between 11am and 3pm outside Gala Bingo in Rowlands Road.

A number or initiatives are being organised including ‘Rat on a Rat’, which is aimed at encouraging the reporting of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Officers will be on hand to listen to your concerns.

PSO Sally Haggis will be available for a chat outside Gala Bingo between noon and 12.30pm on Tuesday, April 7 and the Marine Ward Neighbourhood Panel meets between 7-8pm at the Shaftesbury Room, Worthing Leisure Centre in Shaftesbury Road on Thursday, April 9, with PCSO Gary Morgan hosting his surgery that evening between 7.30-8.30pm at the Durrington Community Centre in New Road.