Neighbourhood Watch

If you are a member of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme you are much less likely to become a victim of crime.

Watch schemes have been shown to be effective in reducing burglary, deterring bogus callers and bringing down the fear of crime.

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The introduction of a scheme can create an active local community more committed to looking out for each other, supporting vulnerable neighbours and caring for the immediate environment.

Watch schemes receive crime information via an automated telephone system in addition to crime prevention advice to help improve home security. The scheme can be as broad or as simple as you like. Some have developed their activities to fund-raising for community facilities, providing volunteers to assist in police searches and conducting informal neighbourhood patrols.

Schemes have had a positive effect in challenging bogus callers, reducing crime and the fear of crime and making communities safer.

Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in Cornwall come under the guidance of the Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association.

To set up a scheme, first talk to your neighbours to gauge the level of interest. The crime prevention officer at your local police station can offer advice and then help you organise a meeting to discuss the idea.

Further advice and information about Neighbourhood Watch.