Why do you want to start a Watch?
You may want to get to know your neighbours better and form a partnership with the police. You may have a fear of bogus callers, or there may be a spate of vehicle crimes or shed burglaries for example; each area has different issues to address. Whatever your reason, the aim of Neighbourhood Watch is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities.
Who runs a Watch?
Each Watch has a Street Coordinator that looks after their area. Neighbourhood Watches come in all shapes and sizes, depending on circumstances. Everyone has a part to play, and that includes each household member. All Watches depend on good communications between the residents, or members, and their coordinators, so that information and advice flows freely.
What is our commitment to local communities?
We provide a professional level of service to local communities, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity.
Who supports Watches?
Each coordinator is supported by a Divisional (North or South Derbyshire) Support Group, and possibly with an Area Coordinator as well, so you are not expected to be an expert in crime prevention.
Derbyshire as a whole is run by the Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Trust, consisting of members from all areas of Derbyshire who share information and good practice. DNWAT aims to help increase the profile of and participation in Neighbourhood Watch across the county by developing links with community safety partner organisations and Safer Neighbourhood Teams. The National NW Network liaises with the Home Office and runs the National website: www.ourwatch.org.uk/.
Please refer to our checklist below for advice on setting up a scheme of your own.
Phone the Divisional Neighbourhood Watch office, to ask for the Secretary for your Divisional NW:
Alternatively, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
The Secretary will then either inform you of the current Watch in your street and put you in touch with your street coordinator, or instruct you on how to start a Watch and what is involved. Making a query does not put you under any obligation so don’t be put off from contacting NW. Your local Safer Neighbourhood Police will be informed, so that your partnership with us can begin.
Consult with your neighbours to determine the possible interest in your area. Advice will be given about how to do this effectively, so you will be supported straight away.
Begin Neighbourhood Watch activities. Once you have gained your neighbours’ support, a launch meeting is normally held in a suitable venue for the entire scheme, organised by your Support Group. A local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) may also be available.
Activities include supplying street signs and window stickers, with advising on crime prevention, circulating newsletters and encouraging members to report suspicious activity. It is helpful to pass on any crime alert messages received from the police.