Neighbourhood Watch is recognised nationally as one of the most effective voluntary organisations and a good example of police and communities working together to reduce crime and the fear of crime; building safer communities to improve the quality of life. Please visit the national website on www.ourwatch.org.uk for full details, advice and current news.
Your local police service builds on this national profile by actively supporting the spread of local Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Members of each scheme are encouraged to pass on useful information to the police; in doing so they help to reduce crime and the fear of crime by keeping an eye on each other's properties, sharing crime prevention advice and building a two-way communication with the police.
You can feel secure knowing that you and your neighbours are always keeping an eye on each other's property; insurance companies sometimes offer lower premiums for being a member.
Becoming involved in Neighbourhood Watch
If you are interested in starting a Neighbourhood Watch, the local field officer for your area will be able to provide you with the necessary help to start a 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 in addition to regular e-mails, along with access to comprehensive information and literature published by the national Neighbourhood Watch association, the Home Office and Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Communications via Watchword
Watchword is the name given to the automatic messaging-system that is used by Gloucestershire Police to relay information to coordinators of Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
Watchword messages may relate to specific local incidents, give out crime reduction information of a more general nature, or give advance notification of meetings or other events of likely interest.
The messages originate from trained neighbourhood officers, members or from other trained staff and are sent by email and/or telephone.
Neighbourhood Watch coordinators are requested to promptly disseminate relevant messages to their scheme members by the most effective means.
Essentially it concerns crime prevention but, just as importantly, it involves neighbours working together as a community to make their area a safer place. This in turn instils a sense of security in the residents, knowing their homes and other property are being cared for by their neighbours. This and an improved social contact, are the hallmarks of a successful Watch.
Our modern way of life often means the strength of many communities has been weakened. People can lead isolated lives, living next door to each other without getting to know them. Neighbourhood Watch can put an end to this by bringing people closer together but in a way that does not intrude.
Whatever the problem in your neighbourhood, you have the power to do something about it, but a lone voice can go unheard. Success can be achieved when several people act together as a group. That is where Neighbourhood Watch comes in because it provides a nationally recognised opportunity to act together to tackle local concerns.
The police do not organise or run Neighbourhood Watch. It is run by the members of each Watch in a way they consider most appropriate for their community.
- A stronger community
- Shared information about what is happening in your area
- Support of neighbours acting together to prevent crime
- A reduction in the fear of crime
- A chance to improve the quality of life in your area
Neighbourhood Watch is free to join; there are no fees. However there may be local costs, such as the purchase of street signs, making phone calls or producing notices to circulate information. Each Watch decides on these costs themselves.
Hopefully, the reduction of crime in your area is the greatest benefit but there is also an opportunity to get reductions on household contents insurance premiums. Insurance companies are keen to promote Neighbourhood Watch because their claims records indicate that, where there is an active Watch, the average burglary rate is considerably reduced.
Contact your local Neighbourhood Watch Officer from the list below and we will explain all about Neighbourhood Watch and how to set up a scheme.
Neighbourhood Watch Field Officers
|Stroud and Cotswolds||Jo Batt||01452 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gloucester||Bob Lloyd||01452 email@example.com|
|Forest||Chrissie Parkes||01452 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cheltenham||Bob Lloyd||01452 email@example.com|
|Tewkesbury||Bob Lloyd||01452 firstname.lastname@example.org|