Your Local Scheme
People join Neighbourhood Watch to make the areas where they live safe, friendly and pleasant places to be and it works. The old stereotype of the Neighbourhood Watch curtain twitchier is wrong for one very simple reason: it implies fear. Neighbourhood Watch is about the opposite: making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. Its about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, race and class to create real communities that benefit everyone. To explode another myth, Neighbourhood Watch groups are owned and run by the people of their communities, not the police. So the approach you take is entirely up to you. The most impressive Neighbourhood Watch achievements result from members looking closely at the needs of their communities and meeting them with innovative and creative thinking. The results can really be something to be proud of. Communities where Neighbourhood Watch operates become more friendly and cohesive and, research shows, experience a fall in crime.
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