Neighbourhood Watch is all about people getting together, with their neighbours, to take action to cut crime and protect vulnerable members of the group.
Research has shown that crime reduces where an active neighbourhood watch scheme exists.
The 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 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.
The UK’s first Watch was set up in Mollington, Cheshire in 1982 following the success of a similar scheme in Chicago in the United States. Many more schemes followed throughout the UK, and it is now claimed that 3.8 million households are covered by a scheme.
The neighbourhood watch schemes covers many aspects of community safety including, but not limited to, crime.
Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK.
Register for ‘Alerts’ to get up-to-date information about crime in your area.
For details of the scheme in your area and to register to join – go to the Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch web site www.nottswatch.co.uk