In 1982 the first scheme in the UK, known as Home Watch, was set up in Mollington, Cheshire. From there we grew from strength to strength. Neighbourhood Watch representatives formed local, county and regional groups. In 2007, with the support of the police and the Home Office, the first national umbrella organisation (Neighbourhood and Home Watch) for the movement was established. Our focus was on building local Neighbourhood Watch community groups which liaised with the police and focused on reducing burglary and other home and personal crimes.
Today we live in unpredictable and ever-changing times. With the transformation of how people use the internet, communities are no longer restricted to geographical locations, and crime has taken on new forms. To ensure we remain relevant when the pace of change is faster than at any time in our past, our focus now is on building resilient communities to tackle crime in all its shapes and forms and keep people safe across England and Wales.