Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

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How to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

  • Email [email protected] or contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt) to find out who your local Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer is, who can provide advice and assistance on setting up a scheme.
  • Speak to your neighbours and find out whether other neighbours are interested in forming a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme.
  • Arrange a meeting, inviting all those who want to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch. This could be at a designated home, community centre or even the pub. The NHW Liaison Officer or Police representative will be present at this initial meeting in order to explain how Neighbourhood Watch operates.
  • Select a Co-ordinator for the NHW scheme, who will act as a point of contact with the Police.


The Role of a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator

In order for the scheme to be successful, it is important that the Co-ordinator is a motivated and enthusiastic individual, who will be willing to act as the main point of contact with the Police and other NHW members.  Whilst this need not be an onerous or time-consuming role, the individual must be prepared to volunteer enough of his/her time to ensure the scheme is properly organised and relevant information is shared amongst scheme members.  This may appear to be a lot of work, but sharing information could be done by something as simple as email. Obviously, it depends on the individual, but the role of the Co-ordinator can usually be completed in as little as half an hour per week. Alternatively, the scheme may decide to appoint a Deputy Co-ordinator who shares the workload. 

The Co-ordinator / Deputy will need to:

  • Act as main point of contact with the Police and the rest of the scheme
  • Encourage other members to be vigilant and contact the Police to report any suspicious behaviour
  • Pass information from the Police to other watch members
  • Keep a check on vulnerable residents and those that are away from home
  • Encourage members to implement crime prevention methods around the home


The Role of a Neighbourhood Watch Member

  • Be alert to any suspicious behaviour or activity in your local area
  • Report information to the scheme Co-ordinator, and in serious cases to the Police
  • Monitor peoples homes whilst they are away
  • Implement basic crime prevention techniques
  • Support the scheme Co-ordinator in distributing information to the rest of the group