Setting up and Running a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
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What are the benefits?
Neighbourhood Watch (NW) schemes are an excellent way of preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, reducing the fear of crime, and building stronger and safer communities.
In a NW scheme, people come together to make their neighbourhoods better places to live.
NW helps people protect themselves and their properties and reduces the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and each other and by fostering a community spirit.
Research by Nottingham Trent University suggests that where NW schemes are combined with home security, rates of crime in the area fall by around 10 per cent. We also know NW is just as effective in deprived communities as in affluent ones.
Neighbourhood Watch is the largest crime prevention organisation in the UK, with an estimated 99,000 coordinators covering 2.3 million households.
Even in areas where crime rates are low, the fear of crime, particularly among vulnerable people, can be high. Involvement in NW can reassure vulnerable residents and provide support to those who are worried about their safety and security.
NW schemes enable communities to look after each other. They can also lead to greater public support for local police and a greater chance of people reporting incidents to police or the local authority that might have previously gone unreported and so bring about positive change.
Anyone can set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, although in some areas the local NW Association or local police may have their own procedures for approving those who wish to become a NW coordinator.
Often people are motivated to start a scheme as a response to an incident that directly affected them or their community, but you don’t have to wait for a crime to be committed in your neighbourhood before launching a group. As always, prevention is better than cure.
Being part of a NW scheme can deliver financial benefits too – members may be eligible for discounted products and services from NW affiliates, such as insurance companies and providers of home security products.
The NW movement is also covered by £10m of Public Liability Insurance, which provides insurance for such things as personal accidents for people under the age of 80 if they are undertaking tasks on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch. Find out more about this here.
Find out more
Click on the links below to find out more about setting up and running a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.