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 reduce crime and increase community cohesion.
Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch
People join Neighbourhood Watch for many different reasons, whether it is to improve safety around their home or to become part of a group and meet new people. 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 social media, making use of technology to communicate and share information. Neighbourhood Watch groups are not expected to act as anti vigilante groups patrolling the streets, but are encouraged to be attentive towards any suspicious behaviour. Neighbourhood Watch Schemes often run campaigns promoting crime prevention advice that can be adopted by the average household, such as fitting extra locks and making sure that windows and doors are locked at all times.
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 local Neighbourhood Watch Officer.
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's important to get in touch with your Neighbourhood Watch Officer or Neighbourhood Policing Team with queries/concerns.