Neighbourhood Watch


Neighbourhood Watch started in Cheshire in 1982.

NHW is associated with a crime reduction of between 16% and 26%.

In 1992, 6% of those asked had not heard of NHW, but by 2000 only 1% had not heard of NHW.

Membership has been falling recently.

17% of households across the country belong to NHW. The British Crime Survey of 2009 gives 3.8 million households countrywide as belonging to an NHW scheme, but this does not include Farm, Boat, and other Watches.

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Aims of Neighbourhood Watch

  • To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance and maintaining a caring community.
  • To assist the police in detecting crime by encouraging prompt reporting of criminal or suspicious activity.
  • To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit.
  • To improve communication between police and the community by fostering regular contact and liaison.

How the schemes work

  • Schemes are run by their members and led by a resident volunteer co-ordinator, whose job it is to get people working together and make sure things get done.
  • The scheme co-ordinator liaises with the police and acts as a voice for the community. Some schemes also have a committee that meets regularly to plan which problems to target and what actions to take.
  • Schemes are supported by the police, the local authority and their local Neighbourhood Watch Forums.
  • Neighbourhood Watch schemes vary in size – they can be large, covering most of the houses on an estate, or they may involve just a few houses.
  • To find out about Neighbourhood Watch schemes in your area or to discuss setting up a new scheme, contact your local policing team or complete the non-emergency form.