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HRA Crime information sharing WhatsApp group for Highfield


WhatsApp Group Manager: Nadine Johnson

WhatsApp Group Coordinator (day to day running of the Group): Lucy Nagra (a former Police Officer).

The Crime information sharing WhatsApp group for Highfield was set up by Highfield Residents’ Association in July 2020, for community group or road representatives to share information on crime and anti-social behaviour incidents occurring in their area with other representatives, in order to:

  • raise awareness and encourage greater vigilance among local residents,
  • strengthen co-operation and crime information sharing across Highfield,
  • encourage and increase reporting,
  • reduce crime.

Members of the HRA WhatsApp Group share information on crime incidents, anti-social behaviour, suspicous incidents/intelligence, police responses and crime prevention measures. Area representatives act as an interface, feeding back relevant reports shared in the HRA WhatsApp Group to their own groups and vice versa. Communication within these individual groups is often by WhatsApp networks or Facebook, and sometimes both.

Area representatives are asked to encourage reporting of all above incidents in their area using the established Police and Southampton City Council reporting procedures (see these below). This helps to build up evidence of anti-social and criminal activity at a local Highfield level to attract the desired Police and Southampton City Council response. This policy stems from communications with the Police Inspector for Southampton North, who informed HRA that reporting is important as it assists their approach and enables them to see when, where and for how long to increase police patrols. This also helps the police to identify patterns of crime behaviour.  Reporting is, therefore, of great importance.

The group is not a substitute for reporting crime and members are actively discouraged from taking the law into their own hands.

The group currently has representatives from the community groups / roads listed below.

Anyone whose community group or road is not yet represented and they would like it to be, should contact Nadine on: highfieldracomms@gmail.com. Equally, anyone who wishes to find out about joining a community group to receive details of incidences of crime or anti-social behaviour for one of our representatives, or to inform them about incidences, should also contact Nadine.

 

 

WhatsApp crime information Group Terms of Use

Area representatives who wish to join the Group must first complete and return the Terms of Use here.

Participation in the WhatsApp group is considered as consenting to the aforementioned Terms of Use.

 

 

Established Police and Southampton City Council crime reporting channels:

 

  • Telephone 999 for an emergency

 

 

  • To report a suspicious incident which can add intelligence on a potential crime. Phone 101, use the above link, or submit a report on the link belowReport Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participating community groups / roads:

Brookvale Road
Church Lane
Crofton Close
De Grouchy Lane
Donnington Grove
Furzedown Road (links to limited contacts in: Hawthorn Rd and Oakhurst Rd)
Highcrown Street
Highfield Close
Highfield Crescent
Highfield Lane (Upper)
Holyrood Avenue
Khartoum Road
Oakmount Triangle  (includes Blenheim Ave, Leigh Rd, Westbourne Crescent, Oakmount Ave, 1-5 Highfield Road)
Omdurman Road
Portswood Residents’ Gardens (includes Abbotts Way, Russell Place, Lower Highfield Lane)
Shaftesbury Avenue (only the area of Shaftesbury Avenue between the junction of Highfield Crescent and Holyrood Avenue with Shaftesbury Avenue)
Uplands Way Estate (includes Uplands Way, Orchards Way and Glebe Court)
Welbeck Avenue (top of Welbeck to the Drummond Arms)
Woodstock Drive