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Neighbourhood Watch - What is it?

Neighbourhood Watch, sometimes known as Home Watch, is nationwide and one of the most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. The idea behind Neighbourhood Watch (NW) schemes is that neighbours come together to build community safety awareness and promote neighbourliness. They are led by volunteer coordinators who work with their neighbours and the local PCSO and police officers to address any local crime issues and undertake crime prevention activities. Coordinators receive information from the police to pass on to neighbours and encourage their neighbours to pass information about anything suspicious to police. Schemes can be large, covering for example, most of the households on an estate, or they might involve just half a dozen houses. Amongst the advantages of joining established NW schemes are that they are proven to reduce local crime such as burglary, vandalism, car thefts and thefts from cars. Better community spirit is also fostered, and crime prevention advice can be efficiently and quickly circulated throughout a community.

How do I get involved?

To find out if there is already a NW scheme in your area, go to and enter your postcode. If there is a scheme that already covers where you live you can ask to join it and the coordinator for the scheme will be in touch with you.

If there isn’t a scheme nearby, you can consider setting one up. You can do this through the "ourwatch" website by clicking to create a scheme. Alternatively, send an email to the mailbox for the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association was constituted in 2016 to promote and support NW schemes across Cheshire, and they work in partnership with Cheshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Assistance is available to residents wishing to join a scheme, to coordinators wishing to re-invigorate their existing scheme, and for those wishing to start new NW schemes. The volunteer team at CNWA can update details on the NW database, provide general advice and support, and send out Coordinator Packs containing all of the materials needed to get started, including leaflets and stickers. They can be contacted using the mailbox: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information also obtainable from our PCSO, Michelle Gillett.



August 2022 edition of OUR NEWS is out now



Typically my welcome message has been within the newsletter itself, but this month we are doing it a little bit differently as we wanted to ensure that those who don't get to read it for one reason or another can still have the opportunity to hear from us. Having said that, we of course, would like everyone to read it! It's free and contains expert advice and crime prevention content.


This edition, in particular, has a thought-provoking article on what it means to be an 'active bystander'. It looks at the bystander effect and what factors hold us back from intervening or reporting when we see crimes happening. We are very passionate about this, and it is the foundation on which our charity is built. 


We also have an article on our new Community Safety Charter, which almost 1,000 people from schools to hairdressers and individuals have signed up to. They all have a common desire to work together to tackle crimes in public spaces. Remember, you don't have to be a member of our charity to sign up - it's quick and easy to do so on our website.


Further articles are on creating inclusive communities, keeping your home secure whilst on holiday and discounted product offers. We hope you enjoy this month's edition, and please feel free to share the newsletter with anyone you think would find it helpful or interesting. 


Read OUR NEWS here


Keep safe,


John Hayward-Cripps


John Hayward-Cripps | CEO


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Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349


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