We are the largest crime prevention movement in England and Wales with 2.3 million member households *


Bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities

Our Mission explained

Our 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 fewer people 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 the first national umbrella organisation for the movement was established.


Brand Refresh

Fresh update to the iconic Neighbourhood Watch logo and brand.


CIO Launched

In December 2017 NHWN became a CIO - a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - and changed its name to the Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN).



Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

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

Directors and Trustees

David Huse


David Huse, OBE, was first appointed Chair of the Neighbourhood Watch Network in November 2017 and re-elected in August 2018.

David started his career at Procter and Gamble as Sales and Marketing Director. He then moved to Heinz as Sales Director before leading the hugely popular and successful 2012 Olympics London Ambassador Volunteer Programme for the Mayor of London.

In 2015 he was CEO of Waterloo200 - the charity set up to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. He also currently works with UNICEF and Deloitte on various projects.

In 2014, David was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary and community sector in the UK.

“I’m delighted to be chair of this incredible movement of volunteers who do so much to keep their communities safe," says David.

"I want to build on the proven success Neighbourhood Watch has had in lowering crime and develop a wider new vision that reflects the changing face of crime in Britain today. My aim is to make our movement even more relevant in modern Britain and to support our members to help address those new and emerging issues.”

John Hayward-Cripps

Chief Executive Officer

John is a former director and interim CEO of Victim Support. He has worked for various charities at senior levels across England for over 20 years.

More recently John has worked as a consultant for multinational professional services firm EY working with local authorities to drive systems and organisational change.

John’s aim as CEO is to build on the fantastic history and achievements of Neighbourhood Watch and help the movement move forward to gain new and diverse membership and then strengthen communities by embracing modern technology while keeping true to the foundations of Neighbourhood Watch

A former and registered child protection social worker, John lives in Brighton with his partner and has two adult children.

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