Welcome to the Brent Neighbourhood Watch Association Website
The Neighbourhood Watch scheme is a partnership between people and organisations come together to make their communities safer. It involves 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.
Our Objectives are:
How Did Neighbourhood Watch Begin in the UK
Neighbourhood Watch first started in the United States in 1964. The movement made its way across the Atlantic in 1982 when the first group started in Mollington, Cheshire. Neighbourhood Watch in the UK was originally called Home Watch, a name by which it is still widely known in some parts of England.
Since coming to the UK, Neighbourhood and Home Watch have evolved into Regional Associations and a coordinated national network. The movement in the UK started out as individual groups of neighbours deciding to keep their eyes open and work with the police to report crime and suspicious occurrences. Neighbourhood and Home Watch groups at ‘street level’ are generally known as ‘schemes’ and are run by a ‘coordinator’. Over the years, schemes and coordinators banded together to form local, County and Regional Associations. Today, Neighbourhood and Home Watch is one of the UK’s largest voluntary movements, covering around 3.8 million households.
Neighbourhood and Home Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention organisations ever. It is a scheme where a group of neighbours come together with the police and other agencies to reduce local crime and disorder (and perception of crime) in a bid to make their neighbourhood a safe and better place to live, work and play. It’s also about building community spirit and good relations.
In England and Wales, Neighbourhood and Home Watch are structured on a Regional basis. London Neighbourhood Watch Association represents all 32 London Boroughs at the Regional level and is the representative body for London at the national organisation, Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network. The OurWatch website is loaded with a vast range of resources to assist you in all aspects of running a Neighbourhood Watch.
Across London, Neighbourhood Watch is managed at a Borough level and many Boroughs have formed their own, independent Neighbourhood Watch Association.