Neighbourhood Watch is proud to partner with AirBnb in the UK and several other expert organisations as part of the newly launched UK Trust and Safety Alliance – a European first. The alliance will provide information and guidance to Hosts and the Airbnb community.
Other founding members of the Trust and Safety Alliance include the National Fire Chief’s Council, Crimestoppers, Get Safe Online, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and Race on the Agenda.
The Alliance will engage with Airbnb Hosts quarterly through Airbnb’s ‘Meet the Experts’ series and will produce guides and information on an ongoing basis.
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, Neighbourhood Watch, said, “We are delighted to be working with Airbnb as part of their new Trust and Safety Alliance. Through this new relationship with Airbnb and the Alliance, we can support Hosts to be increasingly connected and involved with the communities where they are. We look forward to building on our shared values of community, safety and connection.”
This partnership not only brings Neighbourhood Watch in front of a new, captive audience in the form of AirBnb hosts, but also enables us to further demonstrate the ways we can be a proactive contributor to community wellbeing and safety by working with dynamic partners and having a key voice on this national Alliance.
Amanda Cupples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said, “We are always looking for ways to enhance the safety of hosted travel in the UK and now have the backing of some of the leading safety organisations in the UK to help us achieve that goal. We have a long history of working together with expert organisations to bolster safety for our community, and the Alliance will help us to achieve more moving forward.”
The Alliance is part of Airbnb’s ongoing effort to make hosted travel the safest form of travel in the UK. Airbnb’s recent steps include launching the Neighbour Support Line, removing or suspending so-called “party listings”, introducing pilot booking restrictions to address problematic guest activity and more.
Nathan Davies, Executive Head of Policy and Portfolio, ROSPA, said, “We are excited about this new partnership with Airbnb and the benefits it will bring to keeping people safe in the homes and accommodation that are made available and visited by tens of thousands of people every year. We are delighted to be invited to the Airbnb UK Trust and Safety Alliance and we look forward to working with Airbnb and its partners to share best practice and to make the Airbnb experience a safe one for all involved. By forming this Alliance it is a real testament to Airbnb’s commitment to strengthen trust and the safety of Hosts, their guests and their communities.”
Tony Neate, CEO, Get Safe Online, said, ”Get Safe Online is delighted to join the first UK Airbnb Trust and Safety Alliance – a truly valuable initiative created by our partner Airbnb to ensure the very best online safety information is available for Hosts, their guests and their communities. We very much look forward to attending the forthcoming ‘Meet the Experts’ events and will be providing specific advice on staying safe online for those that attend. Having worked closely with Airbnb in the past, it is great to be supporting them once again with this latest worthwhile scheme.”
Mark Andrews, Business Engagement Lead, National Fire Chiefs Council, said, “We welcome the opportunity to be part of the UK Airbnb Trust and Safety Alliance. We look forward to working with the range of partners involved to help reassure guests that their Airbnb stay will be a safe stay. This Alliance will also enable us to provide the very latest fire safety advice and guidance to hosts to help make sure their accommodation is safe from fire.”
About Neighbourhood Watch: Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary movement focused on crime prevention in England and Wales. Over 2.3 million people belong to local schemes which voluntary Associations support. Neighbourhood Watch Network is an independent charity (registered in England and Wales 1173349) that acts as the movement's national umbrella organisation. Membership of Neighbourhood Watch schemes is open to all and is free. Neighbourhood Watch’s website address is www.ourwatch.org.uk.
About Airbnb: Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 900 million guest arrivals across over 220 countries and regions. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and one-of-a-kind activities that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way. As the only platform offering hosted travel and the ability to live anywhere on a global scale, Airbnb has become a noun and a verb and most traffic to our platform remains organic. We will continue to invest in innovations that expand the travel market and lead the way in turning travel into a way of life.
Notes to Editor
- John Hayward-Cripps is available for interview and comment regarding this story. Email: Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Neighbourhood Watch has over 90,000 coordinators and 2.3 million member households in England and Wales.
- More information about Neighbourhood Watch, including how to join or register a scheme, is available at ourwatch.org.uk
- Neighbourhood Watch Network can be found on Facebook: facebook.com/ourwatch, Twitter: twitter.com/N_watch, Instagram: neighbourhood.watch.insta, LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/neighbourhood-watch/