National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

It's National Neighbourhood Watch Week and at Chiltern 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 Chiltern 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.

Chalfont St Peter NHW coordinator, David Alder, said: "In Neighbourhood Watch we all look out for each other. Having a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme means there's greater security awareness in the area about what to look out for and how to stay safe. It also helps people to form stronger bonds with neighbours and build a sense of community.

"I would encourage anyone to get involved either by setting up a scheme or helping with an existing one. We would especially like more coordinators with younger families as they are underrepresented."

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.

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