Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch* (NHW) is a grassroots charitable movement. It is the largest crime prevention voluntary movement in England and Wales and has upwards of 2.3 million members. Schemes are run by volunteers across England and Wales supported by volunteer Associations, and by Neighbourhood Watch Network, the national umbrella organisation for the movement.

The High Royds Neighbourhood Watch was set up several years ago and is co-ordinated by Isobel Hainsworth-Brear with help from volunteers in various areas of the estate. 

High Royds NHW sends out a newsletter updating residents who have subscribed on incidents locally and which advises on crime prevention.  Please subscribe using the form on the contact us page.

If you want to report a crime please use the West Yorkshire Police online reporting system.

The NHW visionThe NHW vision is a society where neighbours come together to create safer, stronger and active communities.

The NHW mission

The NHW mission is to support and enable individuals and communities to be connected, active and safe, which increases wellbeing and minimises crime.

The NHW values

In all our work and relationships, we will be relevant, accountable and inclusive. We aspire to be:

  • Neighbourly
    We aspire to be good neighbours.
  • Community focused
    We bring people together.
  • Inclusive
    We are welcoming to all people.
  • Proactive
    We are active within communities and we are relevant in today’s world.
  • Trusted
    We are dependable, caring, respectable, approachable and supportive.
  • Collaborative
    We work as a team, in partnerships and within communities.

How it began

In 1964, 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was stabbed in New York outside the apartment building across the street from where she lived. Two weeks after the murder it was rumoured that 38 witnesses saw or heard the attack, but none of them called the police or came to her aid. This prompted inquiries into what became known as the bystander effect or “Genovese syndrome”, and the murder became a staple of American psychology textbooks for the next four decades. It also motivated a community response and the very first Neighbourhood Watch scheme was set up.

Home Watch

In 1982 the first scheme in the UK, known as Home Watch, was set up in Mollington, Cheshire. From there we grew from strength to strength. Neighbourhood Watch representatives formed local, county and regional groups. In 2007, with the support of the police and the Home Office, the first national umbrella organisation (Neighbourhood and Home Watch) for the movement was established. Our focus was on building local Neighbourhood Watch community groups which liaised with the police and focused on reducing burglary and other home and personal crimes.

Today we live in unpredictable and ever-changing times. With the transformation of how people use the internet, communities are no longer restricted to geographical locations, and crime has taken on new forms. To ensure we remain relevant when the pace of change is faster than at any time in our past, our focus now is on building resilient communities to tackle crime in all its shapes and forms and keep people safe across England and Wales.

Neighbourhood Watch Network now

In 2017 the present Neighbourhood Watch Network was established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), regulated by The Charity Commission, to replace Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network.

*This information has been adapted from the NHW website.

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