Neighbourhood Watch is based on simple ideas and values that are shared by many people around the country: "Getting together with your neighbours to reduce local crime and disorder in the bid to make your neighbourhood a safe and better place to live, work and play".
Neighbourhood Watch is not just about reducing crime - it is about building community spirit and good relations. It brings local people closer together with common goals; to tackle crime and disorder and to keep an eye on each other's property.
There are also other benefits of joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. For example, you can learn more about crime prevention and home security which will help keep your home and belongings safe. You might also get a discount on your home insurance.
The aims of Neighbourhood Watch schemes are:
- To reduce the opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour to occur in your neighbourhood by deterring would-be burglars and vandals.
- To build a community spirit so that all residents can contribute towards the protection of their property through co-operation and communication
Members of Watch schemes are not vigilantes. Patrolling the streets is a job for the police; they will act upon the information supplied by residents. Watch schemes are not police-run groups. However, in order to be effective in tackling crime, Watch schemes have to work in partnership with the police (and other agencies).
By letting the police know of anything suspicious that you see or hear, you are helping to reduce the opportunities for crime to occur. The more difficult it can be made for the criminal, the more likely it is that crime can be reduced.
If you are interested in getting involved in Neighbourhood Watch, please call 101 and ask to speak to the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator.
If you would like receive messages of information, crime alerts or witness appeals local to the area in which you live direct to your mailbox or telephone, you can sign up to Community Messaging by visiting the Thames Valley Police website using the link below.