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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, Nichola Devey.

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the Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch In These Difficult Times

Dear Alert User,

Neighbourhood Watch is a national organisation with a mission to reduce crime, the fear of crime and to promote neighbourliness and stronger communities. We are just coming to the end of Neighbourhood Watch week this year and you can find out about activities and inspiring stories here and by using the #LetsStayConnected hashtag on social media.

A silver lining of the Covid-19 crisis is that many local support groups have sprung up all over Cheshire, offering help and reaching out to vulnerable and isolating people. At its simplest Neighbourhood Watch is just about neighbours looking out for each other, and our organisation represents a way for support groups to sustain the precious and new-found connectedness in our communities. By joining Neighbourhood Watch you can:
  • Feel safer and more connected in your community
  • Reduce crime and the fear of crime
  • Help others in need of support
An additional benefit of joining Neighbourhood Watch is that registered schemes can rely upon the Public Liability Insurance for the many street parties planned for when we eventually exit restrictions!  

Joining us is very simple, just follow this link: and enter your postcode to find out if there’s a Neighbourhood watch scheme in your area. If not, please consider starting one to connect with your neighbours and keep everyone safe.   

With best wishes,

Neil Wrench, Joan Gibbison, Julia Griffiths, Clare Harrison, Heather Thompson
Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
c/o Police Station|Chesterway|Northwich|Cheshire|CW9 5EP
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