Anyone can form a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme with their immediate neighbours. Groups are usually small; one member (Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator) acts as a special point of contact with their local police team. Research suggests that Neighbourhood Watch Schemes can have a positive impact on reducing crime, anti social behaviour and fear of crime, members sharing responsibility with the police for making their community safer. There are some active schemes in operation in the area. More information obtainable from PCSO Karen Nixon.