Neighbourhood Watch: Safer and Stronger Communities
Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary crime prevention group in the country. It is based on the idea of communities coming together to help reduce crime and increase community cohesion.
Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch
People join Neighbourhood Watch for many different reasons, whether it is to improve personal safety and security around their home, or to become part of a group and meet new people. Neighbourhood Watch also brings communities together that share a sense of responsibility for where they live. It is widely regarded that being part of Neighbourhood Watch can:
- Reduce / prevent local crime and disorder
- Reduce fear of crime
- Address issues relating to anti social behaviour
- Create safer neighbourhoods
- Build community spirit and cohesion
- Reassure members of the public
- Enhance partnership working with other community groups
- Assist in the detection and apprehension of criminals through members providing information to the police
- Improve quality of life and the local environment
How does Neighbourhood Watch work?
Neighbourhood Watch schemes vary in size and geographical area. Some schemes may consist of only a few houses covering a street or cul-de-sac, whilst others may extend to an entire estate. Residents usually meet on a regular basis either every couple of weeks or every month to discuss ways in which they can tackle low level problems relevant to their area. However, some Neighbourhood Watch schemes exist via closed social media groups, making use of technology to communicate and share information. Neighbourhood Watch groups are not expected to act as vigilante groups patrolling the streets, but are encouraged to be attentive towards any suspicious behaviour, and report information to the police. Neighbourhood Watch Schemes often run campaigns promoting crime prevention advice as well as ways to bid for funding to help the community.
Where can I find more information?
Click here for more information on setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area.
Take a look at the Neighbourhood Watch E-Learning package for more information on Neighbourhood Watch, the roles of a Co-ordinator, Deputy Co-ordinator and members.
Email [email protected] or ring 101 and ask to speak to your Force Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.
Neighbourhood Watch External Links
Our Watch: www.ourwatch.org.uk
The official website of the National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales).
This website holds resources and newsletters from the National Network. Please note that information on a local level will come from your West Yorkshire Police contact so it is important to get in touch with your Force Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator to register your scheme at: [email protected]
Community Alert is an information broadcast alert specific to an area of interest to you, such as home or work. You will receive updates into what police activity there has been in your chosen areas. This is separate to Neighbourhood Watch and can be accessed by members and non members of the scheme by following the link below.
Sign up to the Police and Partner agencies new community alert system at : www.wypcommunityalert.co.uk
Neighbourhood Watch Week 2020
This year's NHW Week sees a different approach to the celebrations. 2020 has been unprecedented in terms of how we have all had to re-think and adapt to new ways of working and socialising.
We start the week with a video from Assistant Chief Constable Hankinson, and later in the day a video from the Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson. please follow the links to look at what we have on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WYPCrimePrevention and Twitter https://twitter.com/WestYorksPolice where you can leave posts and messages about your experiences with Neighbourhood Watch, or just to leave a message to someone in your community that has stood out to you in recent times.
This year is all about togetherness and neighbourliness. So see what we have been doing in the video's below. We hope you enjoy the week.
Neighbourhood Watch Week Videos
Here you will see the videos made by member of the Police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers, as well as thank you messages and people explaining what Neighbourhood Watch means to them.
Neighbourhood Watch Week - Thank you messages
Here are thank you messages from Neighbourhood Watch volunteers.
Sunday 7th June 2020
Monday 8th June 2020
Today's first thank you is for Simon who made scrubs for NHS Nurses.
Our next thank you for the day.....
Next some lovely words on what being a part of Neighbourhood Watch means to this West Yorkshire community.......
Tuesday, 9th June, 2020
Our first thank you for today is for two special young girls and a very big effort to help in their community
We also have words on how a relaxed neighbourhood watch scheme uses modern apps to help them stay in touch.
Our second thank you of the day recognises how neighbourhood watch is changing and growing with the times and using social media platforms to keep communities connected.
Wednesday, 10th June, 2020
Our first thank you id for a couple who run their scheme together showing that Neighbourhood Watch really is a family thing.
Our next item is a fact about Neighbourhood Watch you may not have know.
This afternoon we see how Neighbourhood Watch has brought a diverse community together.
Thursday, 11th June 2020
Today our thank you is for a chap who not only organises the community Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, but has also gone above and beyond making sure people are keeping active and connected during lockdown.
Our fact of the day gives a glimpse of what we still have to come for Neighbourhood Watch this year.
This afternoons statement shows how Neighbourhood Watch is moving with the technological times, whilst still including those who are not as able.
Friday, 12th June, 2020
Our thank you for today is for a West Yorkshire Police volunteer who has been working alongside out Kirklees district Neighbourhood Watch coordinator to which she is very thankful for.
Our fact of the day shows some impressive numbers joining the National Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Make sure if you join National Neighbourhood Watch, you still contact your district coordinator for more bespoke crime prevention information for your area.
Saturday, 13th June 2020
This morning we have two testimonials that talk about how Neighbourhood Watch has encouraged neighbourliness and community spirit.
The last post of Neighbourhood Watch Week 2020 is here. This gives us a small glimpse in to what we have achieved in the last 7 days. We will continue to work to help Neighbourhood Watch grow so that every community and neighbourhood can benefit from it.