- Contacting individual households in the neighbourhood to determine the level of support for setting up a NW scheme
- Where support is positive, arranging a meeting to discuss setting up a scheme
- Setting up and maintaining a Neighbourhood Watch within a specific area
- Communicating relevant crime and community safety information in the area
- Communicating information from members to police or local authority
- Acting as a link between the scheme members, other co-ordinators, the local police, NW Associations (where applicable), the local authority and other relevant agencies.
It is important that one person is not left with all of the work. There are a number of tasks that can be carried out by the co-ordinator or by other members once the scheme is up and running:
Please remember, it’s YOUR Neighbourhood Watch and YOUR community. YOU will know best what needs to be done.
- Supplying individual households with stickers for doors and windows as well as relevant support materials
- Assisting police and other relevant agencies in promoting public reassurance and community safety/crime prevention initiatives
- Circulating information and advice in a number of different ways
- Providing community intelligence to the coordinator or the police, e.g. suspicious or criminal incidents
- Keeping in touch with other members or nearby schemes
- Looking out for vulnerable people in the community
- Welcoming newcomers to the neighbourhood
- Identifying local environmental problems and working with partners to resolve these
If the scheme has been running for a long time, perhaps it would be good to go back and have a look at why you have a Neighbourhood Watch and what you want to achieve. You can find some questions to help with this in the section on how your watch will work.