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Crime - neighbourhood watch
Neighbourhood Watch is a long established countrywide voluntary organisation based on the simple philosophy of 'getting together with your neighbours to reduce local crime and disorder to make your neighbourhood a safer and better place to live, work and play'.
It is one of the largest voluntary organisations in the country and one of the most successful crime prevention initiatives ever.
Although the Police are there to fight crime, they need our help do this effectively, and this is where Neighbourhood Watch can help. It helps to
How does the Neighbourhood Watch scheme work?
The schemes are usually led by a volunteer co-ordinator who passes information on to street scheme members. The street scheme members can meet regularly to discuss issues affecting their area, issues they want to target, and to generally share information.
Sometimes these meetings can be held in a village hall, a local pub, or a scheme members house. Guests are sometimes invited to meetings such as your local councillor, local police beat officer, fire officer etc.
The schemes can vary in size from a handful of houses to an entire housing estate; it depends on the area and what the people who live there want.
Where can I find out further information?
The Neighbourhood Watch Association has a website for the local area. You can contact them directly for further information. Alternatively, the local police should be able to help.