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Neighbourhood Watch

Clawton is a Neighbourhood Watch Area

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. It is a simple idea of getting together with your neighbours to take action to cut crime and the opportunities for crime, and to help and reassure those who live in fear of crime. Clawton is fortunate to have relatively low crime rates. The single most effective deterrent  to crime is residents' concern for their neighours, and their local knowledge, so it might seem a Neighbourhood Watch scheme isn't necessary here. However the scheme brings information together and makes it available to residents, and it assists the police by making this process a little easier - and the window stickers and road signs also have a part to play.

Our local PCSOs started the Clawton scheme 8 years ago. All member households receive police updates on crimes or suspicious incidents in the area. This is known as the Community Messaging Service.  To view the latest messages click the link below.

These messages are not restricted to members of the 'Watch' and the police are keen that the service is made available to all. If you would like to receive police messages about what's happening in Clawton and the surrounding area you can choose to receive messages by faxed letter, phone, mobile or email. Follow the link below.

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How it works

An area is know as a 'Watch' and is registered with the scheme. A volunteer co-ordinator is nominated for each Watch to be a liasion point between residents, the police and the wider NHW, and an Area Co-ordinator for the Area overall.  Torridge Neighbourhood Watch is based in Bideford, and there is a support office within Bideford Police Station. There are currently approaching 300 Watch areas in Torridge represented by a co-ordinator.  The Area co-ordinator for Clawton is Colin Burton. To contact Colin call xxxxxxxx or email xxxxxxx

This is a message sent via The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales).

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

People are being targeted to become “Parcel Mules” as part of a reshipping scam, which results in them handling stolen goods and losing out financially.  Victims are predominantly recruited through job advertisements and dating websites. They are persuaded to have items delivered to their addresses, and to pay for postage before sending the items elsewhere. Victims are contacted through Freelancer websites and invited to become a “Freight Forwarder” as an employment opportunity. The work is advertised as processing packages and forwarding them to clients. The items being delivered have been purchased through fraudulent means, including the use of stolen/fraudulently obtained cards. The items being delivered are often pieces of electrical equipment or high value goods such as trainers, perfume and the latest phones. If you act as a “mule” you are not only handling stolen goods, but also losing out financially. You will not get paid the promised salary and you pay for the postage and delivery of the packages personally. Additionally, you will have provided enough of your personal details to allow identity theft to occur. How To Protect Yourself:             

  • Do not agree to receive packages at your address for someone that you do not know and trust.

  • Be cautious of unsolicited job offers or opportunities to make easy money.

  • When accepting a job offer, verify the company details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK.

  • Be wary of someone that you have met only online who asks you to send money or to receive items. Protect your privacy and do not give your personal details to someone that you do not know and trust. 

  • If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

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