Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. Behind it lies a simple idea, and a central value shared by millions of people around the country:

Everyone knows that the police are there to fight crime, but they need your help to do an effective job. Neighbourhood Watch (or Home Watch as it is known in some areas) is all about an active partnership with the police. Neighbourhood Watch schemes can:

  • Cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • Help and reassure those who live in fear of crime
  • Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
  • Provide a better place to live, work and play.


Neighbourhood Watch is about creating communities who care. It brings local people together and can make a real contribution to improving their lives. The activity of Watch members can foster a new community spirit and a belief in the community's ability to tackle problems. At the same time, you feel secure, knowing your neighbours are keeping an eye on your property.

There are other benefits to Neighbourhood Watch schemes too. You will become familiar with crime reduction and detection ideas which will help keep your home and belongings safe. And the extra security which belonging to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme offers might even mean that you can get a premium discount from your insurance company.

People from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages belong to Neighbourhood Watch. Schemes cover any home in a neighbourhood, including flats as well as houses.

Starting or joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is a simple process.  You can sign up online. Find out more information about  Neighbourhood Watch in Wiltshire or find out more about the  national scheme.

You can also find out more information and  sign up online to Community Messaging. You can receive free messages, by email, text and voicemail, about policing and crime matters in your area.

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