We have evolved from local schemes into a wider national network


Bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities

Our Mission explained

The aim is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.

Our vision is that of a caring society that is focused on trust and respect in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life. Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.



Born in the USA

The first Neighborhood Watch schemes were set up in New York as a community response to the murder of Kitty Genovese.


First UK Watch Scheme

The first scheme - then known as Home Watch - was set up in the UK in Mollington, Cheshire.


National Body Set Up

Neighbourhood Watch representatives formed local, county and regional groups and in 2007 with the support of the police and the Home Office set up the first national umbrella organisation for the movement.


Brand Refresh

Fresh update to the iconic Neighbourhood Watch logo and brand.



Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

In 2012 we were honoured to be awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.

Directors and Trustees

Jim Maddan OBE


Jim Maddan joined the police service in London in October 1968 and served throughout south and west London until his retirement in July 1999. At the time of his retirement, he was the Community Inspector for Putney and Roehampton, where he developed an interest in Neighbourhood Watch from the police perspective.

After his retirement he worked for the National Neighbourhood Watch Association as a Development Officer until 2002. Shortly afterwards he was elected to Wandsworth Borough Council and he is currently the Executive Member for Adult Care Services and Health.

Jim became Chair of the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network in October 2010. He is also the coordinator for his own scheme in Putney and Chair of the London Neighbourhood Watch Association.

In his spare time he enjoys walking, fine wines and being a grandfather.

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