The neighbourhood watch scheme is well known for the work that is does within the local community to prevent crime, help reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life. By working together, communities in the UK have so far established over 155,000 Neighbourhood Watch schemes covering up to 25% of all households.
How do they work?
Neighbourhood watch schemes can be large or small covering all the houses in one estate or just a few. The scheme is generally lead by a coordinator who is kept in touch with the local police about possible problems in the area or any initiative that are taking place to prevent crime.
How to set up a neighbourhood watch scheme
There are a number of ways to set up or join a scheme in your neighbourhood:
Contact your local police station to check if a scheme exists in your area.
Go to the Home Office Neighbourhood Watch Website for information about setting up a scheme.
The Chichester & District Neighbourhood Watch Association
This Association covers the Chichester District of 'Sussex Police' and each sector works closely with their local Neighbourhood Police Team:
Chairman Philip Carpenter