Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is the largest crime prevention movement in England and Wales. It is a volunteer led organisation that is supported by the Police.
The National Neighbourhood Network 'Our Watch' aims to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.
NHW in Wiltshire & Swindon
You can find out more about NHW in Wiltshire and Swindon from the local association Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch (WNHW).
Their 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. NHW is about making sure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.
People from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages belong to NHW. Schemes cover any home in a neighbourhood, including flats as well as houses.
Why set up a NHW scheme?
Even in areas where the rates of crime are low it is the fear of crime, particularly among vulnerable people, that can be high and have an impact on how safe someone feels in their home and community. Creating or joining a NHW scheme is a way to reduce the fear of crime by enabling neighbours to look out for each other.
There are toolkits and practical crime prevention advice that can be accessed all in one place for NHW members from the Our Watch Knowledge Base; increased knowledge of different crimes can lead to a greater chance of people reporting incidents to police or the local authority which can bring about positive change.
How to set up a NHW scheme?
Starting or joining a NHW scheme is a simple process. You can sign up online in just a few minutes, and find out all you need to know at the Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch website.
You can also sign up to NHW via Community Messaging where you can also choose to receive free information messages directly from us about policing and crime matters in your area.