Police in south Coventry are
taking to the internet to unite communities in the fight against
A dedicated inspector has been
appointed to a special electronic beat covering the Canley to
Walsgrave areas around the south side of the city.
Henry Allcock’s role is to
get different neighbourhood watch and community groups together and
use the internet to spread crime prevention information.
He was appointed to the role
after learning how to use the internet and write websites in his
For Insp Allcock, who had been
in charge of the Fletchampstead sector for several years, it is a new
He was asked to take on the
role as he is in a unique position to mix policing skills with
knowledge of computers – he is currently doing a part time computer
His website, called M2
Cyberwatch after the police division it covers, is constantly evolving
and is dedicated to the community he serves.
“The site is there for the
people. It isn’t a force web site.
“The reaction I have been
getting is amazing. In the past people have accused the police of
not doing enough to help.
“But when they hear about
the website they are impressed. It is something that is there just
Insp Allcock realised that
many neighbourhood watch co-ordinators had access to email and saw the
potential the internet had for spreading information quickly.
Some of the pages are limited
by password to the co-ordinators, so they can have access to
confidential information that will enable them to spread up-to-date
crime prevention information.
But others are there to give
any surfers advice about crime.
Insp Allcock added:
“We can swap stories and
learn from other forces in different parts of the country. The
internet is ideal for that."