Neighbourhood Watch



Sydenham Neighbourhood Watch is a volunteer group who's purpose is to keep the members of the Parish informed of any known crime activities in and around our area through regularly updating the web site and other means like the Sydenham Newsletter and Sydenham Voice.

The current team members are:

Siobhan McKee
Jeff Ludgate
Rebecca Wood

If you could spare a little time each month for the benefit of the community or you need to contact the Neighbourhood Watch Team please send an email to

Christmas is coming and with it a time of year for some unfortunate people who are the victims of crime.  If it happens to you it is terribly upsetting, worrying and time-consuming; sorting out insurance, police reports, replacing items etc.  Not to mention the expense.

Keeping a watchful eye out for any strange people hanging around our houses, streets, and village will help – and reporting them to our local police by calling the non-emergency police telephone number 101.

If you see a crime being committed and the police need to attend immediately call the emergency services number 999.

Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police, or leave your name, please contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

Here are a few helpful hints and tips that we should not forget – it is so easy to become complacent:

Make your home appear occupied when you are out or away by using timer switches to bring lights on, especially now the nights are drawing in.

If you do go out after dark, close the curtains so that your assets can not be viewed from the outside

Fit and use good quality locks on windows and doors and ensure they are securely closed when you go out. 

Ensure such things as ladders and garden tools that could aid an offender locked away.  Make sure you have a good lock on your garden shed if you have valuables contained in them.

Keep your valuables such as handbags, purses/wallets, mobile phones out of sight. 

If you do have an alarm, make sure you use it.  If you don’t have one and they are too costly in our current climate you can consider buying a ‘dummy’ box as a cheaper alternative and deterrent.  A burglar alarm will make a potential intruder think twice.

Making potential thieves feel exposed when approaching your property can help reduce the risk of burglary.  Security lights can be fitted.

Remember - Around half of all burglaries happen in empty homes. The best deterrent is to make your home look occupied while you are away, by using automatic timer switches to turn interior lights on and off. Also ask a trusted neighbour to park their car on your drive occasionally and to open your curtains in the mornings and close them in the evenings.

*** Please ask your Neighbourhood watch team, friends or neighbours to keep an eye on your home while you are away ***