National Neighbourhood Watch Week

Community Event

18th - 26th June 2016
00:59 - 23:59 (each day)

It's National Neighbourhood Watch Week.

This year's event is running from Saturday, June 18th to Sunday, June 26th and its theme is Bigger, Safer and Friendlier.

The theme is also the aim for the Neighbourhood Watch movement which has kicked off the week by sending out half a million new Members’ Guide booklets and new window stickers – showcasing the iconic yellow roundel logo.

The week is an opportunity to showcase the work of the organisation - the largest crime prevention community in the UK - and a chance to highlight to potential new members the advantages of joining.

There are almost 2,000 Neighbourhood Watch schemes running across Merseyside which are supported by Merseyside Police, actively engaging with scheme leaders and committees. 

Each scheme has a nominated police point of contact within their neighbourhood, who has responsibility for engaging with scheme leaders, sharing information and crime prevention advice.  The Force also support those wishing to set up new schemes, providing regular, structured help and guidance to help them become established and provide a specific corporate point of contact for advice and support.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership which helps the police to communicate more effectively with the communities it serves to both detect and prevent crime and make those areas an even better place to live.

“It also gives people the opportunity to play a more active role in guarding against crime in their own neighbourhoods, increasing public reassurance, reducing the fear of crime and fostering community spirit. On top of that, some companies even offer a reduction in the cost of their home insurance for members.

“Neighbourhood Watch is keen to increase its membership in Merseyside and I am committed to supporting their recruitment drive. I want the Neighbourhood Watch movement to flourish in our region, providing greater engagement between communities and the police and strengthen the fight against crime.”

During the week national Neighbourhood Watch will also be promoting the work of its members and is encouraging everyone to send in pictures of themselves with their new guides and stickers, using the Twitter hashtag #NNWW16.

Find out more about Neighbourhood Watch and how to join a local scheme in Merseyside here.