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Radio Homenet

The 'RADIO HOMENET' service has been operational in the Rhodes area since the Summer of 2007 and has a steadily increasing number of members.
BACKGROUND

The service was created in response to growing crime and vandalism in the area. It is a community radio system similar to the shopwatch or pubwatch schemes and is for use by residents of the area to pass information to one another literally about anything. Since it's launch it has been used for giving advance warning of:

Suspicious vehicles
Suspicious persons
Bogus officials
Youths throwing items through windows
Abandoned vehicles
Vandalism
Shots being fired
Missing persons
Missing pets
Road traffic information

These are only a few of its uses which are limited only by one's imagination. It has proved particularly useful for the more vunerable in our society who know that at the press of a button they can summon help from their close neighbours. The system is closely monitored to protect against abuse.

THE FUTURE

Like most things 'RADIO HOMENET' requires the co-operation of the decent and caring people in our society in order to continue it's success and that is why technical improvements have been carried out to allow us to expand the system to adjoining areas. This will in turn give us greater coverage and the potential to stop crime and vandalism at an earlier stage. We believe that we have kept costs to an absolute minimum. Once registered as a member on the scheme you will be asked for a payment of £60. Membership is renewable on an annual basis and in return you will be provided with a two-way radio and instruction on how to use it on the system. The radio will remain yours for as long as you pay the annual membership fee. All maintenance will be carried out free of charge.

One of the radio models

We firmly believe that this scheme will play a major role in both the reduction and detection of crime in our area. It will give residents advance warning of potential trouble in their vicinity. It will make it possible to track the movement of vandals/criminals thus providing the police with vital information to make an arrest. The system can be used by vunerable people in order to summon help from their neighbours and anyone walking alone could carry a radio out with them and when in trouble call for help.

This has the potential to be a major breakthrough in the fight against crime and hooliganism but the system will only work if residents are willing to participate in the scheme. Radios are available NOW! For more information or to register on the scheme telephone: 0161-654 8257



Leslie Pye We are currently appealing for additional members in Rhodes/Bowlee, Boothroyden/Gilderdale, Crab Village, Victoria Avenue, Middleton Road, Sheepfoot Lane, Simister, Alkrington and Middleton Junction areas.

Les Pye
24.02.09



2009 Update

Following negotiations with the Police they have declared their full support for the Radio Homenet scheme and local officers patrolling our coverage area will carry Radio Homenet radios in order to monitor any developing situation and respond at their discretion. It must be stressed that this will not be a way of our members to call the Police but just for the Police to monitor our radios.

The Radio Homenet control will broadcast appeals on behalf of the Police and the contents will be also be made available on the crime page of Middletons 'middletonia' website which we have now linked up with and more information about Radio Homenet can be found here.

Les Pye
18.03.09



2010 Update

RADIO HOMENET, THE ELECTRONIC NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The Radio Homenet scheme has now been operational in areas of Middleton for almost 4 years. The idea was started in response to growing crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the Rhodes area but now covers both Alkrington and Middleton Junction.

It is a system whereby the residents of the area are linked by radio and are able to talk to one another to give advance warning of crime or anti social behaviour, or indeed anything they feel other members may be interested in. It is particularly useful for people living alone who feel that it gives them a sense of security being able to speak to their neighbours at the touch of a button. Although the idea behind the scheme is to enable members to pass information to one another, the system is monitored on a regular basis by a central control which in turn broadcasts information such as severe weather warnings, missing persons and pets, traffic information and Police appeals.

The system is supported by the police who are able to monitor what is actually going on. Councillor Teresa Fitzsimons has given us her support and promotes the value of the scheme to local residents. Radio Homenet is also an accredited member of the national neighbourhood watch organisation.

Although the basis of the idea has been a success we do require more members to join us so if you are interested please get in touch with Les Pye on 0161 654 8257.
22.02.10



2011 Update

The RADIO HOMENET SERVICE has now been established for 4 years

The service was created in 2007 in response to growing crime and vandalism in the area. It is a community radio system similar to the shopwatch or pubwatch schemes and is for use by residents of the area to pass information to one another, items that have been dealt with include :

Radio Homenet Handset Suspicious vehicles
Suspicious persons
Bogus officials
Youths throwing items through windows
Abandoned vehicles
Vandalism
Shots being fired
Missing persons
Missing pets
Road traffic information

This initiative is supported by Councillor Teresa Fitsimmons

These are only a few of its uses which are limited only by ones imagination, It has proved particularly useful for the more vunerable in our society who know that at the press of a button they are able to speak with neighbours, the system is closely monitored to protect against abuse.

Like most things RADIO HOMENET requires the cooperation of the decent and caring people in our society in order to continue and is actively seeking new members. The system is currently live in Rhodes, Alkrington and Middleton Junction. We are now persuing the idea of extending the service to include licenced premises and businesses initially in the Rhodes area.

We firmly believe that this radio homenet scheme will pay a major role in both the reduction and detection of crime in our area. It will give residents advance warning of potential trouble in their vicinity, it will make it possible to track the movement of vandals/criminals thus providing the police with vital information to make an arrest. The system could be used by vunerable or elderly people in order to contact their neighbours, anyone walking alone could carry a radio out with them. The local Police have been provided with our radios in order that they may monitor the system.

This has the potential to be a major breakthrough in the fight against crime and hooliganism but the system will only work if residents are willing to participate in the scheme. The annual membership fee is only £20 (£40 first year). Radios are available NOW! For more information telephone 0161 654 8257.
31.07.11

Radio Homenet is a registered 'Neighbourhood Watch' organisation








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