From time to time we conducted or commission with partners and others to help us learn more about our members and how we can provide a great service to you. Click on the name of the report to view it.


Covid-19 and crime survey
Conducted by the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL and Neighbourhood Watch

December 2020

This research is funded by UK Research and Innovation and is a collaboration between the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL and Neighbourhood Watch. The aim of the research is to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected crime in the UK, and the public’s perception of it. Data were collected between the 2nd and 23rd of December 2020. The survey had an amazing turnout with 20,784 total respondents across the country. Of those who participated, 14,741 (or 71%) provided answers to every question.

The pandemic has disrupted everyday life in many ways, some of which could increase the risk of crime, some of which could decrease it. The survey was thus designed to assess changes to people’s activities, as well as their perceptions and experience of crime for the periods before and during the pandemic.


Neighbourhood Crime Unlocked
A report conducted by Co-Op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch Network
November 2019

We’ve produced a report highlighting a fifth of victims don’t call the police and one in three UK adults have been a victim of neighbourhood crime. 
Based on hundreds of thousands of insurance claims and a YouGov survey of 4,000 UK adults, the report looks at crime trends across UK neighbourhoods and the effect it has on those who have been victims. Over a third (38%) of UK adults have been a victim of neighbourhood crime, with two fifths (41%) having had their homes broken into. However, a fifth (20%) of victims chose not to contact the police.


Neighbourhood Watch Member Market Research
Conducted by ICM Unlimited

July 2019

To complement the work we are doing to provide a great service to current members, it’s important that we work at national level to attract new members to Neighbourhood Watch to ensure growth, longevity and development for the charity. To help us do this, market research was conducted by ICM Unlimited which consisted of a survey of 2,000 people fully representative of the population across England and Wales, and two profiled focus groups.


Evidencing the Impact of Neighbourhood Watch
Conducted by University of College London

June 2019

Like many non-profit organisations, Neighbourhood Watch is increasingly being required to demonstrate the ‘impact’ of their activities by stakeholders and funders. As such, it is committed to moving towards being an evidence-based organisation. University College London were asked to undertake a project to support Neighbourhood Watch (and the individual Associations) in developing their knowledge and skills to monitor, evaluate and build evidence on the impact of their activities.

In the Impact Survey Guidance document, we set out how Neighbourhood Watch groups can collect information from their members and residents by using a range of survey tools that will enable them to understand where they can make positive changes in their community and demonstrate the impact of this activity.


Neighbourhood Watch Membership: Trends, obstacles, members’ and potential members’ profiles
Conducted by Nottingham Trent University

March 2019

A study that aims to give a detailed picture of Neighbourhood Watch membership, appetite for it and whether these are related to crime experiences and perceptions has been conducted by Nottingham Trent University

It explores trends and patterns of Neighbourhood Watch membership, “drop-off” and demand, including members’ and potential members’ crime experiences and perceptions, across different household socio-economic groups, area types and Police Force Areas (PFAs).

Neighbourhood Watch Membership - Executive Summary


A Neighbourly Nation: Through the Keyhole
Conducted by Co-Op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch Network

October 2018

We’ve produced a report on neighbourliness with our sponsor Co-op Insurance which shows that more than half of UK homeowners (54%) know most of their neighbours by name and a quarter (29%) of homeowners would trust their neighbours with a key to their home. 1

The joint report also reveals that that it’s not all quiet on the home front. Although 98% of people think they’re good neighbours with almost a third (30%) saying they get on better with neighbours now than they did five years ago, two in five Brits (45%) have had a disagreement with their neighbours.