A local neighbourhood watch is a group of like-minded neighbours getting together to help reduce crime and make their community safer.
The aims of Neighbourhood Watch are:
To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance and maintaining a caring community.
To assist the police in detecting crime by encouraging prompt reporting of criminal or suspicious activity.
To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit.
To improve communication between police and the community.
How Neighbourhood Watch works
Schemes are run by their members and led by a resident volunteer co-ordinator, whose job it is to get people working together and make sure things get done.
The co-ordinator liaises with the police and acts as a voice for the community. Some schemes also have a committee that meets regularly to plan which problems to target and what actions to take.
Schemes are supported by the police, the local authority and their local Neighbourhood Watch associations.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes vary in size – they can be large, covering most of the houses on an estate, or they may involve just a few houses.
Torridge District Neighbourhood Watch
Torridge NHW covers the areas of Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington and we are proud that it is one of the safest places in England and Wales. Our aim is to help the police to keep it as a very low crime area by “increasing the awareness of crime without increasing the fear of crime”. The public plays a vital role in helping the police to reduce crime and NHW is a popular way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved. It is a proven fact that neighbourhoods covered by a Watch scheme tend to be less likely to become victims of burglary and other crimes. Watch schemes can vary in size from just two or three residents up to several dozen on an estate or block of flats and the schemes help to foster neighbourliness and community spirit which go towards building better communities. For further information and contacts please look at our website at:
http://torridgenhw.ourwatch.org.uk or call Tom Carrick, our chairman, on 01237 474031