What is Neighbourhood Watch?
Neighbourhood watch (NHW) is a scheme created initially in America in the 1970s and then implemented here in the UK in 1982 in Mollington Cheshire to combat a rise in burglaries. The residents arranged to keep an eye on each other’s properties and with the help of the police, the amount of burglaries reduced substantially after the scheme was taken up nationally. The goal of a NHW scheme is to prevent crime and the fear of such crime, encourage community spirit, forge closer links with the police and encourage residents to report suspicious activity or incidents to the police through the appropriate channels.
What do I need to do if I become a coordinator?
- Help to set up the scheme by recruiting neighbours to join.
- Once you have a group of neighbours that are interested contact your local Neighbourhood Poling Team.(email addresses listed below)
- Sign up to WMNOW https://www.wmnow.co.uk/. This is the messaging service where you will register your group and receive crime updates and alerts from local officers. We will also send you crime prevention advice that you can share far and wide. This is a two way system, you can reply directly to the alerts you receive. Your local officers will help you to get set up on WMNow.
How do I find out more and set up a Neighbourhood Watch?
Contact your local Engagement and Consultation Officer Jayne Turner at Solihull Police Station on 101 Ext. 891 3096 or via email at email@example.com, or contact your local Police Neighbourhood Team who will also help!
Neighbourhood Policing Team Contacts:
Smiths Wood and Castle Bromwich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelmsley Wood: email@example.com
Shirley and Blythe: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyndon Elmdon Olton Silhill email@example.com
St Alphege firstname.lastname@example.org