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Neighbourhood Watch is one of the UK’s largest community crime prevention initiatives. Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the community. Members of the public and their neighbours come together to make their area a safe and pleasant place to live.

Groups decide what measures to take because they know what their community needs best. Local groups also draw on support from police, local authorities, fire and rescue services, the voluntary sector and other volunteers.

Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. It’s about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, race and background to create strong, cohesive communities that benefit everyone. As a result, it has been shown that Neighbourhood Watch areas are far less likely to be targeted by criminals.

The Neighbourhood Watch website contains information on activity around the country, a wealth of information on crime prevention and how to get involved.

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In the West Midlands there is a Force Area Association which leads the way in which local Neighbourhood Watch groups are run. They can be contacted via [email protected].

If you would like to start your own neighbourhood watch group up, please contact your neighbourhood policing partnerships team.