Neighbourhood Watch

What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest voluntary organisations in the country. It is independent of, but works closely with, the police and other agencies to ensure that communities are kept safe and secure. It helps to disrupt burglary and other crime by acting as a deterrent to would be criminals and by aiding detection through the increased flow of information. Where Neighbourhood Watch schemes exist crime is generally lower in comparison to similar areas where there is no scheme. Some insurance companies offer lower premiums on contents insurance where a recognised scheme is in place. Neighbourhood Watch does not mean acting as vigilantes or taking direct action against would be criminals or risking personal injury. It is rather a matter of awareness in the community and reporting suspicious activity to the Police as a matter of urgency.

What are the aims of Neighbourhood Watch?
  • cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • protect members and their property from criminal activity
  • help to reassure those who live in fear of crime
  • encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
  • provide crime prevention advice and practical suggestions to improve personal safety and property security
  • look after our most vulnerable and elderly residents through a variety of means
  • communicate the awareness of problems in the area
How do Neighbourhood Watch work with the Police?

By setting up good lines of communication with the local Safer Neighbourhood Police team Neighbourhood Watch members can reduce the opportunities for crime in their area to:
  • share information about local crime
  • report suspicious incidents
  • assist in the detection and apprehension of criminals through members providing information
  • work closely together to eradicate anti-social behaviour in the community
How can residents help reduce crime?
  • reporting any crime incident or suspicious activity or behaviour to the Police as quickly as possible by telephoning 999 for urgent matters (e.g. where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress) or 101 for less urgent matters (where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents)
  • being on the look out for bogus callers under the guise of Water Board officials etc.
  • giving as much information as possible about the suspected people
  • keeping your Road Co-ordinator informed of any crime incidents in the road
  • displaying the NhW roundel sticker on your door or window
  • taking appropriate security precautions (e.g. as outlined on the Security Advice page)
  • Keeping an eye on the property of your neighbours, particularly when on holiday
What is OWL?

OWL stands for Online Watch Link. It is a website offering a communication and information-provision system. OWL keeps communities safe, helps reduce crime and keeps people informed of what's going on locally. It's a shared, secure platform for the public and local authorities to maximise the potential of Neighbourhood Watch, Rural Watch, Business Watch and dozens of other schemes. OWL sends you the latest local crime alerts and provides management tools for maintaining and expanding watches. For more information see our OWL webpage or visit the OWL website.

Nearest Police Station

Our local police station is:
  • Rickmansworth Police Station, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1RL
Police personnel Our Local Community Police Officers are:
  • Sergeant Neil Canning (Team Leader)
  • Dean Redhead (Police Community Support Officer)
  • Jessica Hill (Police Community Support Officer)
Chorleywood Parish contribute to the cost of one PCSO.

Reporting information to the police
  • Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
  • Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
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