Neighbourhood watch frequently asked questions

 

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As an ordinary NHW member, you will not need any formal training. As a coordinator, again very little training as help and support is provided on an ongoing basis by Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association.
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Watches are not police-run groups. It is important to build a close working partnership with your local police such as the Safer Neighbourhood Team, and share with them all information relating to crime and other incidents in your area.

The police can provide information on the latest crime figures, operational support as well as crime prevention advice, whereas Watch members can provide valuable information and knowledge about the neighbourhood. Together, we have a powerful tool to tackle crime

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Online Watch Link (OWL) is a community alert messaging system used by Tower Hamlets police, council and NHW to help reduce crime and to keep residents informed of what’s going on locally.
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Generally, street signs can be obtained from the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association.

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Discuss your plan with your neighbours and the local police. Your neighbours must agree to participate and support the Watch. Then, you and your neighbours need to appoint a coordinator(s) whose job is to get scheme members working together.

Coordinators and members regularly talk about crime and disorder problems in the neighbourhood and how to best tackle them. Coordinators also stay in close contact with the local police to share information and to seek advice. The role, although not overly demanding is important as a Watch coordinator may be the only way to reach the elderly and vulnerable people on their Watch. 

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Neighbourhood Watch, is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention schemes ever. At its most basic level, it is a system where a group of neighbours get together with the police and other agencies to reduce local crime and disorder (and perceptions of crime) in the bid to make your neighbourhood a safe and better place to live, work and play.

It's also about building community spirit and good relations. In London, we have expanded the reach to include the whole community, members of watches included. 

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The Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN) is the national body representing Neighbourhood Watch. London Community Watch is the London body that supports every London resident.

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Public Liability Insurance or PLI free cover is available for Neighbourhood Watch schemes and associations in England and Wales. It is managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) working in conjunction with Ansvar Neighbourhood Watch Public Liability Insurance.

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To find out if you belong to a watch, visit OWL.co.uk and select join a watch. You can also enquire with your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team, the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association or the London Community Watch website.