With over 60,000 active volunteers making a difference to their communities across England and Wales, we want to share stories from local residents who've been positively impacted by being a part of Neighbourhood Watch, or being supported by our volunteers.

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Local support after a Burglary incident in Stockport

"Many years ago we were burgled, after recently moving from a semi on a small friendly cul-de-sac on to a road with larger houses on larger plots. One afternoon I went out for a couple of hours with our 2 young sons and on arrival back home, found that we had been burgled. What we thought was a strong wooden front door had been smashed open. I soon learnt that a door is only as strong as its frame. The thieves had taken the TV and in the rush had dropped one of the speakers by the front door. Fortunately, a next door neighbour heard the alarm and was vigilant in noting a description of the car and its registration number. With this information, the police were able to catch the thieves and it was reassuring to know they did time in prison, as a result of their crime."

"The incident left me rather unnerved. What helped me was joining ‘Homewatch’ as it was called at the time. Our street was quite lengthy, so I decided to take just a section of the road. I knocked on all doors and everyone warmly welcomed the idea. I set up a meeting at our house and arranged for a guest speaker from the police. It was quite astonishing how neighbours met for the first time even though they had been living side by side for numerous years!

Click here to read the full story from this Stockport volunteer.