Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association
Welcome to the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association (TVNHWA) pages. We cover the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. There is great diversity in the operation of Neighbourhood Watch in Thames Valley, as we support all schemes, both urban and rural. Schemes come in all shapes and sizes, from a block of 100 flats in one of our many towns, or a small Close of 10 homes, through to an Area Scheme covering a whole rural village. Through the Association, Co-ordinators can gain from the experience of others, helping them be even more successful. And they can share their own experiences to help others in turn.
TVNHWA supports all those who are responsible for keeping our communities safe and within the law. So, our mission is to continue to expand and improve our coverage, making Thames Valley a safer and better place in which to live and work. The excellent advice and toolkits available on this site offer an unmatched resource to help residents feel safer, and to develop a strong local community spirit.
Paul Adkins, Chair
Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association (TVNHWA) was founded in 2008 to plan the future development of NHW in our Force Area.
Today our Association has some 95,000 users on its database, covering around 170,000 households through Schemes run by 5,000 volunteer Scheme Coordinators across Thames Valley.
TVNHWA is independent of the police but works in close partnership with them and other agencies. The Association is managed by an Executive Committee comprising the representatives of the twelve Local Policing Areas (LPAs). The Committee has a Constitution and a Strategy, both of which are available to view below under DOWNLOADS. The Association is non-political, and is dedicated to equal opportunities for all.
The main aims of our Neighbourhood Watch schemes are:
- To enable members to reduce the opportunities for crime and to make it more difficult for criminal activity in their neighbourhood.
- To reduce the fear of crime, and pass on crime information and other important messages from the police and Neighbourhood Watch
- To encourage the reporting of crime or suspicious activity directly to the police or through CrimeStoppers.
- To foster a caring, neighbourly attitude to improve the wider resilience and friendliness of the areas we cover.
- To help inform the public at large how to stay safe and improve the safety of our communities.