Neighbourhood watch

If you're having problems with crime or vandalism in your area, or if you simply want to keep your area free of these problems, you might be interested in joining a neighbourhood watch group. This page has more information.

What is a neighbourhood watch?

Neighbourhood watches are primarily about improving safety in an area. So as well as working to reduce crime, they also do work on fire safety and preparedness for things such as flooding. They also work to build communities through events. At its root Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbours looking out for each other.

As a member of a neighbourhood watch, you'll meet with others in the group and you'll be encouraged to look out for anything suspicious that goes on in your area and report it if necessary. Neighbourhood watch groups usually meet regularly to:

  • discuss issues of concern
  • report anything of significance
  • discuss new initiatives
  • listen to talks from relevant speakers.

The aim is to prevent problems in your area by working together as a community.

How can neighbourhood watch help me?

Neighbourhood watch can help to reduce crime, vandalism, antisocial behaviour and general trouble in the area you live in.

Some people argue that it can make you feel safer in your home because people care about the area they live in and want to keep it safe.

It can also help you to get to know your neighbours and form a good relationship with them. This helps to build a sense of community where you live. The ability to call on your neighbours can be a big bonus if you're going through a tough time in your life and need some extra support.

Where's my nearest neighbourhood watch group?

You can find information about your nearest group at Neighbourhood Watch Scotland. If there isn't a neighbourhood watch in your area, you could start one yourself.

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