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What is a Neighbourhood Watch scheme?
A scheme is a group of residents with a Co-ordinator who will act as a point of contact between the Police and the residents
Each scheme has the same aims and each one is unique, a scheme can be large or small, a whole village or estate or just half a dozen households.
Aims of Neighbourhood Watch:
- To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness
- To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity
- To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly among the more vulnerable members of the community
- To provide effective communication channels between the police & community, to encourage members to report incidents when they occur
The benefits of belonging to a scheme are:
- Improved communication between police and public so that officers can deal with local problems
- Research suggests criminals can be deterred from entering an area if they know residents are vigilant and have taken steps to safeguard their property
- Members can get practical crime prevention advice from the police, partnership agencies and their own Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators and Community Liaison Officers.
- Some insurance companies offer reduced premiums to Neighbourhood Watch members
- Neighbourhood Watch fosters a community spirit and can give peace of mind.
- Homes not covered by Neighbourhood Watch are four times more likely to suffer from crime than those covered by Neighbourhood watch
If you are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood watch scheme contact your local Community Liaison Officer who is based at Chester le Street Police Station
Telephone number 0191 3752354