Neighbourhood Watchc

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention schemes ever. It is based on simple ideas and values that are shared by many people.

 

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about reducing crime – it is about building community spirit and good relations. It brings local people closer together with common goals; to tackle crime and disorder and to keep an eye on each other's property.

 

'Getting together with your neighbours to reduce local crime and disorder in the bid to make your neighbourhood a safe and better place to live, work and play'

 

There are also other benefits of joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. For example, you can learn more about crime prevention and home security which will help keep your home and belongings safe. You might also get a discount on your home insurance.

 

North Wales Police is committed to supporting the development of schemes throughout North Wales and particularly in areas with identified crime problems.

 

We will encourage the formation of associations, constituted to support and develop Neighbourhood Watch schemes, and will work in partnership with these voluntary associations to achieve their objectives.

 

Our objectives in supporting and assisting Neighbourhood Watch schemes are:

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Enhanced community spirit and closer liaison between police and public.

Heightened public awareness of the need for security.

Reduction in crime opportunities.

Reduction in the fear of crime.

Reduction in anti social behaviour

 

How does Neighbourhood Watch work?

 

There is no set structure for Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) schemes. A scheme can be large, covering most of the houses on an estate, or it might involve just a few houses. It depends on the area and what the members want.

 

A scheme is generally led by a volunteer co-ordinator, whose job it is to get residents together and ensures that things get done. As well as the co-ordinator, there may be a small committee which meets regularly to plan the activities that the scheme is going to undertake. Members will be able to let the committee (or the co-ordinator) know the issues that concern them most and suggest ways to tackle these at regular meetings. By getting a picture of local crime, for example by conducting a fear of crime survey, the committee can then form an action plan to tackle the problems.

 

A scheme works effectively when there is a strong relationship with the local police. The co-ordinator has an important role to play in sharing information with the police about suspicious activities in his/her neighbourhood such as bogus callers, anti-social behaviour or vandalism. All Neighbourhood Watch schemes should be registered with their local police.

 

Similarly, the police have a role in sharing information about recent crimes in the neighbourhood so that members can stay vigilant, and have the opportunity to take appropriate precautions to avoid becoming victims themselves.

 

Setting up a scheme

 

Anybody in a neighbourhood, however large or small can set up a scheme. The first step is to speak to your neighbours and find out if they are interested in starting a scheme. The more residents there are who want to get involved, the more successful a scheme will be. But not everyone in a street or neighbourhood needs to join a scheme for it to work. It will work as long as there are enough residents to keep an eye out for each other's properties and to liaise with the police.

 

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Resources

The official website for Neighbourhood Watch nationally is www.ourwatch.org.uk/


 

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