Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
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How to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
- Email [email protected]n.police.uk
- Speak to your neighbours to find out whether other neighbours are interested in forming a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme. A minimum of four (4) households are a suggested starting point.
- Arrange a meeting, inviting all those who want to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch. This could be at a, community centre / village hall or even the pub / Coffee Shop. The Force NHW Co-ordinator will be present at this initial meeting in order to explain how Neighbourhood Watch operates.
- Nominate a Local Co-ordinator for the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme who will act as a point of contact.
The Role of a Neighbourhood Watch Local Co-ordinator
In order for the scheme to be successful, it is important that the Local 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 / closed social media group. 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 Local 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 your local 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
Page last reviewed March 2020