Neighbourhood Watch is an independent, voluntary, community-based network.
Individual schemes have different local concerns and vary in size and methods of communication.
Supported by the police, Neighbourhood Watch Schemes strive to:
- Reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime
- Provide reassurance to neighbours, especially those who may be vulnerable
- Improve quality of life for residents by working with the Police and other agencies to identify local issues and solve problems where there are community concerns
- Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
Each scheme is organised by a volunteer Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator who will invite neighbours to join the scheme.
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators are registered with the Police, their main role is to receive crime updates and other community safety warnings sent by the police and other agencies and to organise how each member will receive warnings. Members may choose to receive information directly or via the coordinator.
Coordinators will also:
- Encourage neighbours to improve their personal and home security
- Note down suspicious incidents and pass information to the police and other agencies.
Studies have consistently shown that areas with Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are valued by the community at large for the reassurance they provide and their effectiveness in reducing crime.
Cheshire Police support Neighbourhood Watch Schemes supplying promotional materials and scheme start up packs, in addition to holding the volunteer coordinator register.
If you would like to find out if there is a scheme in your area, or for more information, visit http://cheshire.ourwatch.org.uk or contact the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association volunteer office by email: Volunteer.WatchAlert@cheshire.pnn.police.uk