A local neighbourhood watch is a group of like-minded neighbours getting together to help reduce crime and make their community safer.
The aims of Neighbourhood Watch are:
· To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance and maintaining a caring community.
· To assist the police in detecting crime by encouraging prompt reporting of criminal or suspicious activity.
· To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit.
· To improve communication between police and the community.
How Neighbourhood Watch works
· Schemes are run by their members and led by a resident volunteer co-ordinator, whose job it is to get people working together and make sure things get done.
· The co-ordinator liases with the police and acts as a voice for the community. Some schemes also have a committee that meets regularly to plan which problems to target and what actions to take.
· Schemes are supported by the police, the local authority and their local Neighbourhood Watch associations.
· Neighbourhood Watch schemes vary in size – they can be large, covering most of the houses on an estate, or they may involve just a few houses.
How to join or set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
To find out about Neighbourhood Watch schemes in your area or to discuss setting up a new scheme, you should contact your local Neighbourhood Beat Manager (NBM) or Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or call one of the contacts below:
Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association Chair:
Tel: 01840 261351
Force Active Communities Co-ordinator, NHW Lead & Support Officer:
Tel: 01209 711156