A Neighbourhood Watch scheme is proven to reduce crime such as burglary, vandalism and car theft in that area, so if there is no scheme in your road, why not volunteer to be a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and help protect your home and community? It might take up a couple of hours a month but could make a real difference to many people you know. There is lots of information and support available to Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators in the High Wycombe district.
Firstly, visit your neighbours to see if they would like to see such as scheme. There can be any number of households involved, schemes are generally run for 6-15 houses in the same road but sometimes more with the help of a deputy.
Then contact the Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association via the email or contact form at the bottom of this page, and we will arrange an informal start-up meeting with all interested households to talk through the benefits and responsibilities. There is of course an application form to fill in and the police will have to approve you as a suitable person to represent your community, but once that is done you are ready to start.
The responsibilities of a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator are to share information and liaise with the neighbourhood policing teams and residents in order to improve community safety. Basically this means;
Distribute (by email usually) the Thames Valley Alert messages – these email bulletins from the police report on local crimes, forewarn of known scams operating in the area, let you know of successful prosecutions and so on specific to your area and are an invaluable way of keeping abreast of issues.
Take delivery of and put up Neighbourhood Watch signs in the street – these are great deterrents to opportunistic thieves! These signs are free of charge in the High Wycombe district, unlike in other Neighbourhood Watch areas, and we can also supply matching ‘No Doorstep Selling Zone’ street signs free of charge on behalf of Trading Standards.
Advise households on simple security measures such as shed locks, alarms, property markings, how to deal with car crime, bogus callers and rogue traders – Neighbourhood Watch in the High Wycombe district has lots of information on all this.
Encourage neighbours to report any suspicious activity to the police, either by calling 999 if a crime is taking place, or the new non-emergency number 101.
Discuss any specific concerns you and your members have, such as anti-social behaviour or a spate of particular crimes, with the neighbourhood policing teams.
Keep up-to-date records of members and encourage new members to join. Make sure you keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, and ensure they are advised of all relevant information.
The Neighbourhood Watch national organisation provides a handy ‘toolkit’ for Co-ordinators that you may find useful.
For more information please complete the form below and we will be able to get in touch with you to discuss this further.