This is what I did to set up the scheme, it’s really easy to do and we can help if you want to set up a scheme on your road.
- I chose an area – I decided that 30 houses were enough to start with.
- I chatted to my immediate neighbours to see what they thought. I said they can do as much or as little as they like – looking out for more vulnerable neighbours, reporting any incidents, keeping an eye on things while people are away. Not everyone has to join, but the more the better.
- I contacted the Police and the local council (Safe Communities team) and let them know what I was doing. You don’t have to meet, but I decided to hold a meeting in the church hall and invited the neighbours. We had a chat about and the local police introduced themselves.They talked about local policing priorities and we discussed what was important for us.
- I asked everyone for email addresses so I could pass info to members by email. A few don’t have email and I usually chat to them as I’m passing.
- The Community and Crime Reduction Resilience Officer for East Riding Council will give you free Neighbourhood Watch signs to put on lamposts on your road and you get public liability insurance for your signs and scheme.
- I made contact with other groups in the area and we now have regular co-ordinators meetings with other group coordinators in the area (Grapevine meetings)
- I pass info from the police and Grapevine around members. We had a garden party in the summer, and a Christmas night out.
- After about a year I felt more confident and started to expand to include the whole avenue. We now have a good communications system, including website and email news. We have had a number of Neighbours Days, plant and book swaps, cakes and coffee mornings. We had a Victim Support day, and the Police and Crime Commissioner has been to our meetings and events.
- If you want help setting up a nearby group let me know and I will help.