Associations (County or London Borough) coordinate the growth and expansion of the Neighbourhood Watch movement in their local area. Neighbourhood Watch’s Central Support Team liaise with them regularly to keep them up to date with new developments and guidance relating to their role. Associations share relevant information with their coordinators and members and oversee Neighbourhood Watch developments across their area.

Associations provide practical support to their local Neighbourhood Watch schemes and coordinators by distributing window stickers, supporting the local supply of Neighbourhood Watch signs, giving advice to Neighbourhood Watch coordinators and supporting local Neighbourhood Watch recruitment and promotional events.

Associations often liaise with local police and partners to support community safety initiatives. They circulate, or ensure the provision of, up to date information on crime and local priorities to their Neighbourhood Watch coordinators and members to assist with their crime prevention activity.


Associations support the development and achievement of Neighbourhood Watch’s strategy by attending national events, participating on working groups and integrating relevant activity into their own plans.


Associations are encouraged to use research results to inform and target their own activity and utilise Impact Assessment survey developed by the Central Support Team to understand where their activity is effective.

Toolkits and Resources

Associations can support new developments in Neighbourhood Watch by encouraging their members to use Neighbourhood Watch toolkits and advising the Central Support Team of innovative practice by Neighbourhood Watch groups in their local area.

Self- Assessment

Associations can use the Self-Assessment Tool to identify and prioritise how they wish to develop their association and target their activity. 


Associations are encouraged to work with a diverse range of local partner agencies to implement local initiatives or develop their own ideas and projects and share existing or new local projects with the Central Support Team. These initiatives can then be promoted to other areas and opportunities scoped for scaling them up either regionally or nationally.


Associations can access local funding opportunities using the advice and fundraising resources available locally and/or nationally.


Associations can use local and national campaign materials from partners and the Central Support Team in their own local campaigns and ensure that publications and information are shared widely throughout their local areas to amplify the messages and maximise the impact of Neighbourhood Watch.

Information Technology

Associations should encourage their coordinators and members to register on the Neighbourhood Watch register when they join or start a scheme, and nominate Multi Scheme Administrators for their area to keep data up to date.

Administrative Support

Associations respond to enquiries relevant to Neighbourhood Watch that relate to their own area from the public and our partners.