Running any of these events will help raise crime prevention awareness in your local community. We’ve graded each event to show:
- the level of difficulty (easy/medium/hard)
- the potential cost (£0 - £££)
- whether it is a face-to-face event or online event, or could be either
Support your local police to run a bike-marking event
(hard / £ / face-to-face)
Find out from your local police where bikes are most regularly stolen from. Offer to support a bike-marking event in or near that location. Talk to teachers, cycle clubs and local bike shops about bike theft and the value of bike marking. Explain how they can encourage people to get their bikes marked and help identify stolen bikes.
Work with the police to agree on a date, time and place for the event. Then let people know about it. Try to reach as many as you can, through your existing and newly established contacts.
Give out burglary prevention leaflets
(easy / £ / either)
Give your neighbours practical information about reducing the risk of burglary. It will help bring your community together. By encouraging them to act, you’ll be:
- helping them secure their home and watch out for suspicious behaviour
- developing a more resilient community
Download our burglary leaflet here. Share it with your neighbours digitally or print it to post through their letterbox. Consider asking your local policing team about local hotspots and practical advice you can pass to your neighbours.
Did you know...? By following WIDE(N) burglary prevention advice you can reduce your chance of burglary by up to 50%!
Do a home security check
(easy / £ / in person)
We all have a lot to think about when we leave our homes. This is why we’ve created a home security checklist. It will help you leave your home safe and secure each time you walk out your front door. Download our checklist to share with your neighbours. Or you can share it in your local WhatsApp group.
For more burglary prevention advice:
Join a Neighbourhood Watch crime prevention webinar
(easy / £0 / online)
Neighbourhood Watch runs crime prevention webinars with expert speakers twice a year. The webinars are open to everyone. Many of them are recorded – you can watch them at ourwatch.org.uk/webinars
Did you know…? You can now watch webinar recordings on StreetSafe, ASB, county lines, scams and dog theft.
Run a 'Tea and Tech' session
(hard / £ / in person)
A Tea and Tech session brings young and older members of our community together. You can support each other to learn more about keeping safer online, at your door, or over the telephone. It provides simple, easy-to-follow actions you can take. Learn how to recognise:
- if you’ve been scammed
- how to report it
- who to report to
- where to get more support in the community
Think about involving the Volunteer Police Cadets, Scouts, or Girl Guides. It’s a great way to build that bridge between younger and more mature people, in a positive and proactive way. Consider asking the Trading Standards team at the council for practical support, too.
Get cyber-savvy with your neighbours
(medium / £0 / online)
We have teamed up with Avast to create Cyberhood Watch. This initiative helps you learn more about online cybersecurity risks.
From phishing to viruses to ransomware, it looks at the impact cybercrime can have on our everyday lives. It provides steps we can take to protect ourselves, our friends and family, and our local community.
Did you know…? You can see cybercrime insights and a cybercrime toolkit with a wide range of easy-to-follow guides here.
Become a SCAMchampion
(easy / £0 / online)
Friends Against Scams is an initiative that aims to protect people from becoming victims of scams. It empowers communities to 'take a stand against scams'. You can become a Friend Against Scams by completing the free interactive online learning session.
You can also join a free awareness session in your local area. These are 45-minute interactive sessions run across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You’ll learn about:
- different types of scams
- how to spot and support a victim
- what you can do as a Friend to raise awareness and protect your community against scammers
You can become a SCAMchampion by completing a 10-minute extra training session. This will allow you to run local Friends Against Scams awareness sessions. SCAMchampions also have access to resources. You can learn more about scams and how to identify them, and spread that knowledge among your community.
Did you know...? Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators who have done the SCAMchampion training can apply to become Communities that Care volunteers. They receive a pack of resources to help them prevent scams against older people in their community.
Work with your local police to organise a weapons sweep
(medium / £0 / in person)
Local police teams in your area conduct weapon sweeps to look for weapons hidden in and around your community. They do this to reduce weapons or items that could be used as weapons on our streets. Police welcome members of the community to join them on this task. They do an initial safety briefing, give you PPE and put you into groups. You won’t be doing this task alone. You’ll be in groups, with local officers supervising you. Even if you don’t find any weapons, it’s reassuring to know that these proactive activities exist to keep your community a little safer. Contact your local policing team to find out how you can get involved.
Download the ACT terrorism app
(easy / £0 / online)
Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) encourages communities across the country to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.
The ProtectUK App, formerly the ACT App, is an easily accessible information platform, containing the potentially life-saving information needed to ensure that individuals and businesses are prepared should a terrorist attack ever happen. Search ProtectUK in the App or Google Store to download, or view the FAQs. Use Neighbourhood Watch Username: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: Urim123$
The ACT Awareness E-Learning accessed via the app is a free resource to help you understand the role we can all play to prevent terrorism by protecting and preparing ourselves and others. It contains advice and interactive activities, including how to respond to suspicious items or activity and what to do in the event of an attack.
To find out more about how to help someone who might be at risk of radicalisation, visit actearly.uk If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour, please report it. Use their secure online form at gov.uk/ACT, or call 0800 789 321. If you have any worries about reporting, take a look at their FAQs.
Share the police StreetSafe tool on social media
(easy / £0 / online)
Do you belong to a local WhatsApp or Facebook group? Do you want to ensure people feel safe in your local streets? You could promote the StreetSafe tool to your local group. Here is some text you can use:
Are there streets near you where you don't feel safe? Do you avoid an alley or pathway at night because of poor lighting or bushes blocking the view? Does the sight of graffiti or abandoned vehicles in your area make you feel unsafe? Has the behaviour of others caused you concern, e.g., have you been followed or verbally abused?
Even if a crime has not been committed, your safety and wellbeing are being affected. You can report it anonymously via StreetSafe. StreetSafe is a service provided by the police on the police.uk website. It allows you to report streets in your neighbourhood where you don't feel safe and say why.
StreetSafe is not for reporting an actual crime – it’s for reporting your concerns about your local environment or the behaviour of the people there. You can tell us how it affects your wellbeing and the safety of you and other residents.
Support your family and friends to protect their password
(easy / £ / either)
We know there is a sea of information out there on how to protect yourself online. We also all know the horror stories of hacking, online scams and identity theft.
But what are the quickest, most essential things you can do today to ensure it doesn't happen to you?
Take three quick and easy steps today to secure your accounts:
- Create a separate password for your email account(s)
- Use three random words
- Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)
Share these three steps with three friends using our campaign pack.
Did you know…? You can find out more about protecting your password on ourwatch.org.uk/passwords