Neighbourhood Watch is all about working together with the police and the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership to:
- cut crime and the opportunities for crime,
- help and reassure those who live in fear of crime, and
- encourage neighbourliness and closer communities.
Neighbourhood Watch is particularly active in South Derbyshire and has a very positive support group for co-ordinators, who receive advice and training from the police and Safer South Derbyshire Partnership.
The area co-ordinator is responsible for planning, organising meetings, distributing information such as newsletters via the street co-ordinators and liaison with the support groups, street co-ordinators and the police. The position of area co-ordinator is an important one and applicants should be willing to allow the police to check their background.
Street co-ordinators maintain contact with individual household members who live near them. They are expected to attend meetings organised by the area co-ordinator, pass on crime alerts and encourage active crime prevention.
The role of members (all households within the scheme) is vital to the success of the scheme. They give support to the street and area co-ordinators, as well as take positive crime prevention action regarding their own home security and within the neighbourhood. They maintain a friendly relationship with neighbours, looking after more vulnerable residents. They attend meetings and become an 'active citizen'.
How to join
Find out if there is a Neighbourhood Watch scheme near you by visiting the Neighbourhood Watch website. You can also set up a new Neighbourhood Watch Group.