Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Is about communities coming together, we need to look out for each other, far more now than ever before. In today’s busy World, it is far too easy to live in our own little bubbles.

But when you stop to think, who’s keeping an eye on your house or car when you go to work?

Who’s watching out for suspicious characters during the daytime?

Who’s going to push your letters through the box properly when you go away? Put your recycling boxes and dustbins back where they belong?

- That’s right, your neighbours, love them, respect them and do likewise.

We're not about being nosey neighbours, we're about being caring neighbours, caring for each other and where we live.

How does Neighbourhood Watch work?

Residents in a street simply decide to set up a scheme. All it takes is one person to email for more information, or register at this website, selecting the option "Not yet, but I'm thinking about it", they will then be encouraged to ask the other residents to register. Once a good number are signed up and have agreed on a leader, we will advise the Police the Watch is ready to be established.

What is involved?

When the scheme is in operation, residents go about their normal lives using their eyes and ears, talk to each other and liaise with their Neighbourhood Police contacts. You will probably be surprised how friendly everybody becomes, and how quickly you can spot strangers and unusual activity. Equally, your neighbours will be keeping an eye open for trouble when you're away from home. Very little effort is needed.

NHW in Redbridge

In Redbridge, Neighbourhood Watch has the following main objectives:

  • To encourage good neighbourliness - By bringing the community together and developing team activities.
  • To reduce 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 the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.
  • To improve police/community liaison - By providing effective means to notify Coordinators of local crime trends, and by members advising the police of incidents when they occur.
  • To increase community safety - By providing safety information from other Partnership bodies such as the Redbridge Community Safety Partnership,Trading Standards and the Fire & Rescue Service.

Every role within Neighbourhood Watch is voluntary. Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch is run by residents like yourself.

We have no formal ties with the Police, we work with them, not for them.

Additional benefits

Some Insurance Companies offer reductions in premiums for:

  • Additional window locks
  • Alarms
  • Neighbourhood Watch Membership

Contact your insurance company and see if you are eligible as a member of Neighbourhood Watch for any discounts.

NHW and Redbridge Police partnership

It is Important that issues are addressed locally to find local solutions. The working partnership between Redbridge Police, Redbridge Council and NHW offers the opportunity for this to happen at grass root levels. The Neighbourhood Policing teams regularly attend meetings in communities and are always approachable about neighbourhood concerns.

In addition to meetings, if you are a Coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch and have access to electronic mail, you may also receive local crime messages from your Neighbourhood Policing Team along with those fom your Ward Coordinator.

The main purpose of Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. It's about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, race and class to create real communities that benefit everyone.

Neighbourhood Watch is a "grass roots" organisation, run by its members for its members and is one of the UK's largest voluntary organisations. Anybody can join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Usually residents in a neighbourhood who support the aims and objectives of Neighbourhood Watch agree amongst each other that they will come together and form a local scheme, with the help and support of Redbridge Police and Council. This might be one or two streets in a town, or even part of a street. Redbridge Police check the suitability of the local coordinator to hold that position.