Neighbourhood Watch volunteers still have an “incredibly important role” to play in tackling new and emerging crime trends, says Home Office minister Sarah Newton MP.

The Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism opened the Neighbourhood Watch Connect2Protect conference in London on July 5.

She paid tribute to the impressive reach of the Neighbourhood Watch movement and called on members to find new ways of reaching out to tackle new, hidden crimes that case so much misery and harm in our communities.

She thanked volunteers for their help in reducing traditional crimes such as burglary and car crime over the last three decades and asked them to now turn their attention to raising awareness of cybercrime, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, human trafficking and extremism.