What is NhWatch

What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is about local people

working together to create safe and friendly places to live,

places where crime is less likely to happen.

It’s about you looking out for your neighbours

and them looking out for you.

The main aim of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is to create a partnership between the local community, the police and your local Community Safety Partnership. (CSP – see contacts)

Neighbourhood Watch is a great way of building community relations and working together with the police and local council to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life in your area.

The first scheme was started in 1982 and there are now over 165,000 schemes running throughout the UK, making Neighbourhood Watch the largest voluntary organisation in the country. In Surrey we have over 3,000 schemes.

The Runnymede Neighbourhood Watch Steering Group works closely with your Safer Neighbourhoods policing team and Community Safety Partnership to represent the views of local Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

It was set up in 2010 with the aim of improving neighbourhood watch value by providing support and information for both new and existing Neighbourhood Watch schemes across Runnymede Borough. The group also seeks initiatives to help keep Runnymede communities safer.

In common with all Neighbourhood Watch activity the group is formed of volunteers supported by professionals from Surrey Police and the Community Safety Partnership.