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  Neighbourhood Watch  

The Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the United Kingdom is a partnership where people come together to make their communities safer. It involves the Police, Community Safety departments of local authorities, other voluntary organisations and, above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit.

Objectives of Neighborhood Watch
  • To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.

  • To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.

  • To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.

  • To improve police/community liaison by providing effective communications through Neighborhood Watch messaging systems which warn Co-coordinators of local crime trends which they can disseminate to their scheme members, and by members informing the police of incidents when they occur.

 

The role of a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator is to set up and maintain a Neighbourhood Watch scheme within a specific street, neighbourhood or area. The following are the main duties which they manage:

 
     
 
  • Encourage vigilance amongst scheme members and actively encourage the early reporting of suspicious incidents to the police.

  • Receive crime information from the Neighbourhood Watch messaging system and distribute these messages to scheme members.

  • Encourage scheme members to be aware of and put into practice crime prevention measures, such as property marking and security devices.

  • Keep a check on vulnerable households and provide advice to members about dealing with callers at the door.

  • Circulate newsletters and other relevant information to scheme members.

  • Welcome newcomers to the neighbourhood and invite them to be part of the scheme.

  • Supply each scheme member with Neighbourhood Watch and crime prevention literature, such as Neighbourhood Watch window stickers and incident report cards.

 
     

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