- The Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch schemes in Greater Manchester are a partnership where people come together to make their communities safer.
- Neighbourhood /Home Watch are voluntary, independent, community-based network of residents. These schemes are supported by the Police, Community Safety departments of local authorities, other voluntary organisations and, above all, individuals and families who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit. The fact that these schemes are independent is a vital aspect of their success.
Its main aims for Neighbourhood and Home Watch Schemes are to:
- Reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime
- Provide reassurance to local communities
- Improve residents’ quality of life
The ethos of Neighbourhood and Home Watch is to build closer communities and Neighbourhood Values. These targets are achieved by:
- Sharing information with the community, the police and other agencies
- Supporting others, especially vulnerable neighbours
- Being receptive to information and advice from police and other agencies
- Passing information to the police and other agencies.
Join or start a police-registered Neighbourhood Watch scheme
- To become part of a police-registered Neighbourhood Watch scheme contact your local Policing Team or www.ourwatch.org.uk
- If you become a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, you can then join volunteer co-ordinators from nearby streets and neighbourhoods to share information from your area.
- Greater Manchester Police appreciate the value of Neighbourhood and Home Watch. It has adapted to a changing world and adopted new technology but, at the core, it is still about people making a positive effort to protect their local community.