Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

It's National Neighbourhood Watch Week and at South Bucks District Council we are celebrating the crime-fighting community superheroes who help to keep local residents safe and encouraging more people to join their ranks.

Neighbourhood Watch volunteers help the police to deter crime and making their neighbourhoods safer and friendlier places to live.

The 54-year-old organisation is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives, based on the simple idea that getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime.

In South Bucks there are already dozens of schemes in action and we are encouraging residents to get involved and set up groups if their street or village doesn't have one.

Although crimes like burglary and theft from vehicles are still common, crime in England and Wales is changing and Neighbourhood Watch members are equipped with practical information to support the police in the detection and reduction of modern crimes, such as exploitation, modern slavery and scams - crimes which cause such significant harm to victims and communities.

Iver Heath NHW coordinator, Jane Brown, said: "Being a street coordinator is so rewarding and on average only takes around an hour a month. We all lead busy lives but it's easy to communicate via mobile phone, what's app or email, and there are no meetings to attend unless you want to. We look after each other, keep an eye on each other's' homes, welcome new neighbours and work together to get things done. It's easy to set up with plenty of support from the police, the council community safety team and your area NHW coordinator."

If you would like to find out more about getting involved in Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Community Safety team on 01494 586535 or email communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk