Why should I join Neighbourhood Watch?
Statistics show that belonging to Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the possibility of becoming a victim of crime. Empowering and encouraging people to be prompt in reporting suspicious activity will help reduce vulnerability, decrease the opportunities for crime and demonstrate to potential criminals that they are in a security conscious area.
All members will have the opportunity to attend local neighbourhood and area meetings to discuss local issues with neighbourhood police officers and other Neighbourhood Watch members. This allows for both members and the police to express their concerns and exchange information freely. These meetings will also provide access to up to date crime prevention information to protect you and your family and your community.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes bring community spirit back into neighbourhoods by creating and maintaining a caring community. It gives people the opportunity to get to know and help each other and helps provide a strong voice when action is necessary to solve a local problem.
Quotation from Jeff Judge, Neighbourhood Watch Regional Coordinator:
"Neighbourhood Watch schemes can help build stronger communities and provide reassurance to local residents, particularly those with vulnerabilities or have been victims of crime. There are other benefits from living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, such as reduced home insurance and the opportunity to meet new people in your area. Neighbourhood Watch is a growing movement and I would encourage anyone interesting in becoming involved to get in touch. "
What is involved in becoming a Neighbourhood Watch member?
Scheme activities vary greatly and the level of activity is decided by the members. At a basic level, membership involves the following responsibilities:
- Identify and report any suspicious activity to your Neighbourhood Watch scheme leader
- Support your scheme leader in promoting crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour prevention initiatives
- Review your own home security by taking simple precautions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime and strengthen the scheme in working together
- Being alert and aware of what happens in your community,
In more active schemes, members can chose to do much more than this. Some members may choose to organise awareness campaigns and practical crime reduction projects. This might involve action to marking property to make it less attractive to criminals, cooperating with neighbours to keep an eye on empty homes and creating a community in which young people are diverted away from crime. Most schemes have regular meetings and some produce newsletters to keep members informed and involved.