We're spreading the news of National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018, which is running from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 24 June.
What is Neighbourhood Watch Week?
Neighbourhood Watch Week is an annual event which celebrates and raises awareness of the UK Neighbourhood Watch movement.
Throughout the week, the Neighbourhood Watch website and social media channels will be sharing tips and practical advice to help households protect themselves and their neighbours from even more types of crime. There will also be a variety of awareness events taking place across England and Wales, as organised by individual schemes.
In Gloucester for example, Gloucestershire Constabulary's Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Bob Lloyd, has been spreading the word about the scheme with the Police Community Engagement Vehicle, affectionately known as 'CEV'.
About Neighbourhood Watch
Neighbourhood Watch was originally born in the USA in 1964 as a community response to the murder of Kitty Genovese in New York. It wasn't until 1982 that the concept of Neighbourhood Watch was introduced to the UK, with the first scheme (known then as 'Home Watch') was set up in Cheshire. Local and regional groups were formed in 2007 with the support of the Police and the Home Office as the first national Neighbourhood Watch umbrella organisation was established.
Since then, Neighbourhood Watch has become one of the most recognised and effective initiatives in helping to reduce crime in the communities in which we live.
Over 2.3 million UK households are now part of the scheme, which is made up of local area coordinators and individual household members.
How can I get involved?
It's easy to get involved with Neighbourhood Watch...
Join your local scheme via the Neighbourhood Watch website
Sign up online through the Our Watch website. Simply type in your Post Code to find your nearest scheme. You'll be able to see which schemes are available in your area and sign up for free. You can also choose to map your own scheme if you cannot see your street listed. Once registered, you will also automatically be entitled to receive community alert messages from Neighbourhood Watch.
> Sign up online
Contact your local Neighbourhood Watch Area Representative
If you'd prefer to speak to someone before signing up, you can contact your local Area Representative for Neighbourhood Watch. They'll be available to answer any questions you may have and help you get signed up.
> Click here to find out who to contact in your area
5 reasons to join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme
1. Reduce crime where you live
Neighbourhood Watch encourages people to act together to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. By working together with your neighbours, you can actively contribute to reducing crime in your community.
2. Get involved with your community
Neighbourhood Watch facilitates the creation of a stronger and safer community by encouraging neighbours to talk to each other. As well as helping reduce crime, you'll be able to help one another. For example, if you're planning a holiday, a neighbour may be able to keep an eye on your home for your whilst you're away.
3. Build relationships with your local Police
Being part of a scheme improves the sharing of information between you and the Police about what is happening in your area. You are able to build a closer relationship with your local Neighbourhood Policing teams, who rely heavily on information passed to them by residents and Neighbourhood Watch members.
4. Improve your security
Improve the security of your home through the distribution of crime prevention advice. You'll become more vigilant and able to share home security advice with your friends and family. At Allcooper, we offer discounts on our home security systems to customers who get involved with Neighbourhood Watch. Some insurance companies even offer cheaper house insurance policies for registered members of Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
5. Feel safer at home
Being part of the largest voluntary crime prevention initiative in the UK helps reduce the fear of crime. It also helps vulnerable people and those who live alone, to feel more confident knowing there is someone there to help.