Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership where people 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.
They maintain a close working relationship with the Metropolitan Police's Safer Neighbourhood Teams to identify and tackle issues of concern in local neighbourhoods.
The Neighbourhood Watch Association was created in November 2000. The group helps set up new and develop existing Neighbourhood Watches within Sutton to keep it safe.
Neighbourhood Watch relies on the participation of neighbours who live in an area, whether this is a close, a road or a block of flats. There are 850 Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Sutton working with police officers from the Safer Sutton Partnership. All the schemes have the same objectives:
- To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.
- To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.
- To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.
- To improve police/community liaison.
If you would like to know more about Neighbourhood Watch in Sutton or you are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme then contact Sutton Neighbourhood Watch on: 0800 555 111