Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Association

What is Neighbourhood Watch

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Neighbourhood Watch is a community-based crime prevention program where neighbours look out for each other and report any suspicious activity to the police. The goal is to reduce crime by increasing vigilance and improving communication between neighbours and law enforcement. Neighbourhood Watch programs can help create safer communities by providing crime prevention and wellbeing information, promoting greater social cohesion and encouraging people to look after one another.

Members of Neighbourhood Watch join together to form local schemes. A Neighborhood Watch scheme is a community-based crime prevention group in which residents of a neighbourhood work together to help reduce crime and keep their community safe. The group typically involves neighbours keeping an eye out for suspicious activity and reporting it to the police, as well as sharing information and crime prevention tips among participants. Neighbourhood Watch schemes can help build stronger, safer communities by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours and look out for one another.

Each scheme has a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator who is responsible for organizing and managing the Neighbourhood Watch scheme within a community. Their duties may include:

  • Recruiting and training volunteers to participate in the scheme
  • Establishing communication channels between participants and law enforcement
  • Providing information and resources to help residents understand crime prevention and reporting practices
  • Coordinating neighbourhood meetings and events to build community relationships and awareness
  • Promoting Neighbourhood Watch and its activities to the wider community
  • Keeping participants informed about local crime trends and emerging issues

The goal of the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator is to build a strong, connected community that can work together to reduce crime and keep their neighbourhood safe.

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