Neighbourhood Watch is recognised nationally as one of the most effective voluntary organisations and the best example of police and communities working in partnership to reduce crime and the fear of crime, build safer communities and improve the quality of life.
Neighbourhood Watch started in 1982 and is now the largest voluntary organisation covering 6 million households with 27% of the population belonging to Neighbourhood Watch in 160,000 schemes across the country. As a national charity it is supported by the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers and sponsored nationally by a number of major commercial organisations.
The original concept of Neighbourhood Watch was brought about by a spate of burglaries in the village of Mollington, Cheshire. Acting together with local police, the residents were able to reduce opportunities for crime and it is that ethos which has continued to drive the expansion of the movement. This is still a very important concept.
Your local police service builds on this national profile by actively supporting the spread of local Neighbourhood Watch schemes, which comprise of dedicated teams of volunteers who use their collective eyes and ears to pass on useful information to the police.
42% of households in the county are covered by with 2,323 co-ordinators working in partnership with the police in the fight against crime.
Policing in the county is being delivered through six local policing areas.
Cheltenham - Tewkesbury - Gloucester - Forest - Cotswolds - Stroud
Individual Neighbourhood Watch schemes are supported throughout the county by Neighbourhood Watch associations, which consist of representatives drawn from the local schemes. The county association is represented at national level by one of its members.
Neighbourhood Watch Field Officer Contacts:
'Crime cannot flourish in a community that cares'
Cheltenham Local Policing Area - Matt Morris
Tewkesbury Local Policing Area - Matt Morris
Gloucester Local Policing Area - Alan Hardacre
Forest of Dean Local Policing Area - Chrissie Parkes
Cotswolds Local Policing Area - Andy Fogden
Stroud Local Policing Area - Currently Vacant (for enquires please contact: Stroud.LPA.Communities@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk)
More Information about Neighbourhood Watch
- To reduce opportunities for crime and to make it more difficult for the would-be thief, vandal or criminal to act.
- To build up a community spirit so that you and all your neighbours can work together for everybody's benefit.
- To work in partnership with the police and local organisations to raise awareness and, where possible, minimise the fear of crime.
How do we achieve this?
Neighbourhood Watch members help to reduce crime and the fear of crime by keeping an eye on each other's properties, sharing crime prevention advice and by building a two-way communication with the police.
Neighbourhood Watch also helps to improve the safety of communities as a whole. Practical action can reduce the fear of crime and improve community spirit. Many Neighbourhood Watch members in Gloucestershire agree that being part of NHW has revived/improved the community spirit in their area.
You can feel secure knowing that your neighbours are always keeping an eye on your property. You can also get lower insurance premiums from some insurance companies.
Gloucestershire Constabulary is indebted to co-ordinators for providing details of suspicious people and incidents in an effort to continue the fight against crime. In support of this, Gloucestershire Constabulary has helped develop an automated messaging system called 'Watchword' to keep co-ordinators abreast of current crime trends or on occasions seeking information from them in response to descriptions of vehicles or suspects.
Becoming involved in Neighbourhood Watch
If your area is not already covered by a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and you are interested in starting one the Neighbourhood Watch field officer for your area will be able to provide you with the necessary help to start a scheme.
This usually involves canvassing your neighbours for support, meeting informally to discuss how the scheme will operate and identifying a co-ordinator and deputy as the contacts to organise and run the scheme. As every scheme will vary in size and location the co-ordinators and members will determine how it will best operate to achieve its local aims.
Regular communication is achieved through the Watchword system already referred to, in addition to regular local newsletters. This is supported by access to comprehensive information and literature published by the National Neighbourhood Watch Association, the Home Office and Gloucestershire Constabulary.
The West Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Watch Association
Members meet regularly to discuss issues affecting the forest. If anyone wishes to join they can contact the:
Chairman, Steve Doyle Tel 01452 413618
Editor of the News Letter, Frasor Gunn Tel 01531 890248 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrissie Parkes, Field Officer Tel 01452 753784
If you would like to know more please contact the field officers for your area, by clicking on their highlighted name above. They will be pleased to provide further information about existing and new schemes. Alternatively please complete the Neighbourhood Watch Contact form.
Please visit the national website: www.ourwatch.org.uk