Neighbourhood Watch is about people getting together with their neighbours to take action to reduce crime.
They're community initiatives owned and run by their members which are supported by the police but not owned by them, although we sometimes run them.
They work by developing a close relationship between community members and the local police.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes can:
cut crime and the opportunities for crime
help and reassure those who live in the area
encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
How to join a Watch scheme
Go to Neighbourhood Watch to find out what groups are active in your area and to register to join.
You can also find and contact your local Neighbourhood Watch Association or Scheme Coordinator via the same website for:
more information on how the scheme works
the benefits of the scheme
advice on running a scheme in your local area
A Neighbourhood Watch scheme doesn’t have to take up much time and can cover just the street you live in, or a whole village. If you'd like to set up a scheme or find out if there is an existing scheme in your area, please complete our 'Join today' form and a member of the team will get in touch.
If you register an interest in setting up a scheme, you'll be provided with a welcome pack with some suggestions on how to get started.
a template invitation to distribute to local households
a template welcome letter for new members
a members guide
top tips for running a scheme
how to set up a Neighbourhood Watch WhatsApp group
We'll also arrange for you to receive a community safety newsletter, including local crime reports, scam alerts and press appeals. You'll also receive a supply of signs and stickers.