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Celebrating 35 years of Neighbourhood Watch within West Yorkshire.

Monday 13th June sees us celebrating Neighbourhood Watch becoming a part of communities throughout West Yorkshire.

We had planned to celebrate in style with an event at Carr Gate to thank and celebrate Neighbourhood Watch Volunteers. Unfortunately due to lock down restrictions this was not able to go ahead.

Instead we have been contacting our Neighbourhood Watch members weekly to support them through the lockdown, we have also sent out a thank you card to all of the Local Scheme Co-ordinators to commemorate the 35 year achievement.

On Monday 13th we will continue with social media posts and updating the website as we release a special edition newsletter that has lots of photos of how things looked back in the 80's when Neighbourhood Watch came to the UK and in to West Yorkshire to present day. Please take the time to have a look at this and again post on your West Yorkshire Police social media sites.

Please watch our video below, and encourage others to consider joining Neighbourhood Watch and to give a little TLC to their communities. You can also see the video on our face book and twitter sites where you can like, comment and share the video.

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Please click on the link below to see our 35 year Celebration, Special Edition Newsletter. Fell free to print the PDF and create yourself a anniversary keepsake.   

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 help reduce crime and increase community cohesion.


Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch

People join Neighbourhood Watch for many different reasons, whether it is to improve personal safety and security around their home, or to become part of a group and meet new people. Neighbourhood Watch also brings communities together that share a sense of responsibility for where they live. 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 closed social media groups, making use of technology to communicate and share information. Neighbourhood Watch groups are not expected to act as vigilante groups patrolling the streets, but are encouraged to be attentive towards any suspicious behaviour, and report information to the police. Neighbourhood Watch Schemes often run campaigns promoting crime prevention advice as well as ways to bid for funding to help the community.


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.


Contact Information

Email [email protected] or ring 101 and ask to speak to your Force Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.


Neighbourhood Watch External Links

Our Watch: 
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 is important to get in touch with your Force Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator to register your scheme at: [email protected]

Community alert

Community Alert is an information broadcast alert specific to an area of interest to you, such as home or work. You will receive updates into what police activity there has been in your chosen areas. This is separate to Neighbourhood Watch and can be accessed by members and non members of the scheme by following the link below.

Sign up to the Police and Partner agencies new community alert system at :


Neighbourhood Watch Week 2020

This year's NHW Week sees a different approach to the celebrations. 2020 has been unprecedented in terms of how we have all had to re-think and adapt to new ways of working and socialising.

We start the week with a video from Assistant Chief Constable Hankinson, and later in the day a video from the Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson. please follow the links to look at what we have on Facebook and Twitter where you can leave posts and messages about your experiences with Neighbourhood Watch, or just to leave a message to someone in your community that has stood out to you in recent times.

This year is all about togetherness and neighbourliness. So see what we have been doing in the video's below. We hope you enjoy the week. 


Neighbourhood Watch Week Videos

Here you will see the videos made by member of the Police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers, as well as thank you messages and people explaining what Neighbourhood Watch means to them.

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