Neighbourhood Watch was originally set up in the UK in 1982 to reduce burglaries - a task it still achieves very well and, in the 21st century has many extra benefits, such as getting to know your neighbours and learning how to tackle any local problems.
Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch
People join Neighbourhood Watch for many different reasons, whether it is to improve safety around their home or to become part of a group and meet new people. It is widely regarded that being part of Neighbourhood Watch can:
· Reduce / prevent local crime and disorder
· Reduce fear of crime
· Create safer neighbourhoods
· Build community spirit and cohesion
· Reassure members of the public
· Enhance partnership working with other community groups
· Assist in the detection and apprehension of criminals through members providing information to the police
· Address issues relating to anti social behaviour
· Improve quality of life and the local environment
Neighbourhood Watch acts as the eyes and ears of the community. As a result, it has been shown that Neighbourhood Watch areas are far less likely to be targeted by criminals
We are a not-for-profit organisation, non-party in politics, and operate an equal opportunities and non-discriminatory policy. Anybody can join, regardless of their background, and membership is free.