What is OWL?

OWL stands for Online Watch Link. It is a website offering a communication and information-provision system. The OWL website can be found at: www.owl.co.uk 

Why was it developed? 

It is the official County website and database system, which was set up initially for Neighbourhood Watch by Hertfordshire Constabulary to enable co-ordinators to manage, and maintain contact with members in their Watches.

How Secure is it? 

It has been proved to be extremely secure. The system has been tested thoroughly for any security glitches and it passed with flying colours. Your details will only be used by senior Neighbourhood Watch personnel in your district to enable them to set up Watch databases and to communicate information to you by whichever method you choose. Your details will not be passed on to any unauthorised third party.

Why Do We Need It? 

OWL is principally a database and communication system. It assists volunteers who have taken on the responsibility of running and managing a Watch in a specific road to manage their Watch and to keep their members informed, advising members very quickly of crimes committed in Chorleywood. It significantly speeds up the exchange of information on a daily basis. On the website there are also opportunities to report community issues such as fly-tipping, graffiti and other criminal damage. There is also a section where you can find "Your Nearest..." doctor, dentist, plumber, etc and you will be able to look at crime statistics or take advantage of links to other associated websites.

How Do I Join?

Neighbourhood Watch members complete a registration form by submitting their details (name, address, email address, phone number) They are then added to a specific Watch in the area. When there are important crime or security messages to send out, you will be contacted via email, or in extreme circumstances by phone. This ensures more people receive instant notification of important crimes, security and safely information or other messages regarding events and activities in their area. If you wish to sign up for this service, you can do so by sending an e-mail to our local PCSO, Jessica Hill, with the following information:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • e-mail address