The purpose of Neighbourhood Watch is to unite neighbourhoods in
an effort to prevent crime, by protecting and enhancing their
environment and generally looking out for each other's properties.
Working in partnership with the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams
gives Neighbourhood Watches a way of dealing with many issues
affecting their communities, such as anti-social behaviour,
burglary and vehicle crime.
It is recognised that Neighbourhood Watch schemes play a vital
role in preventing crime and improving a community and through our
local Neighbourhood Watch Administrators and Neighbourhood Policing
Teams, we work closely with residents and local organisations to
support and increase membership across the force area.
There is a dedicated Watch messaging system, Ringmaster,
operated by dedicated local Neighbourhood Watch Administrators, as
well as an HQ-based Development Officer. Ringmaster allows us to
relay important information to watches efficiently, increasing the
opportunity for greater awareness and quality intelligence.
There are approximately 5,000 Neighbourhood Watch schemes
covering some thirty percent of households. Nationally there are
approximately 155,000 schemes covering up to six million