Neighbourhood Watch

You may already be aware of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or indeed be a member in your area but for those who are unfamiliar with the scheme I am providing just a small snapshot of the organisation.

It all started in the USA when in 1964, following a murder of Kitty Genovese  in New York, a local community response group was then established. But it wasn’t until 1982, when ‘Home Watch’ was set up in Cheshire that the UK had any similar scheme. In 2007 a national body was set up and Neighbourhood Watch representatives formed local, county and regional groups with the support of the police and the Home Office.


The aim was to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. Those principles are the same today.

The vision is that of a caring society that is focused on trust and respect in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life. Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.

Currently there are 3.8M Member Households in the UK; being a Household Member you will receive regular advice on crime prevention an opportunity to help reduce crime in your area.


For further information and joining a scheme

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators as we are called, are established in most areas served by The Village Magazine. To find your nearest Neighbourhood Watch group quickly and easily, use the link from the website shown below and click on the Postcode Search to find out how to contact the local scheme coordinators. They will help you join and keep you informed of news and activities.

Alternatively, find your local neighbourhood policing team here and ask them about local groups. The police don’t run Neighbourhood Watch, but they will have information about groups in your area.

If there is no scheme in your area, you might like to think about starting your own then go to the section on “Running a Scheme”.


Mike Turner

Regional Co-ordinator

Neighbourhood Watch