A Neighbourhood Watch scheme can be set up in a street, group of streets, a block of flats, across a village, in a rural area or in partnership with a Residents Association – there are no hard and fast rules. You decide the best way to support your community and it’s a great way of meeting people and making new friends!
You can easily check if there is an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme nearby by entering your postcode in the search box on the home page. You can then send an e-mail to the coordinator to ask to join.
If you want to know more or want to start your own scheme then please contact your local NW Association or group - details on our Contacts page.
Not sure who to contact? - try our Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Neighbourhood Watch scheme is usually set up by a person who we call a coordinator – they are a local point of contact. Their main role is to encourage local people to join the scheme, and then to forward key messages to the scheme members. These messages will be sent to the coordinator by trusted agencies such as Neighbourhood Watch and the local police. Members can also receive messages direct, by joining Hampshire Alert - www.hampshirealert.co.uk
There may be some members without email access – where possible we hope that coordinators will be able to keep them up to date by passing on important information, perhaps by phone or by printing it out and popping it through their letterbox.
Some schemes may wish to have more than one coordinator, or to have one or more deputies, and we welcome this.
Additional information for members of the Ourwatch Register or Hampshire Alert
The system is very secure and the same software is also used by many UK police forces. Your data is held securely and in accordance with Data Protection legislation.
If you choose to register your details with them then YOU will be in control of who can send you information (“Information providers”), what sort of messages you would like to receive, and even which local areas you would like to receive messages about. When you register with us you will be sent a user name and password, and you can change your password whenever you wish.