About Neighbourhood Watch
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention schemes ever. It is about getting together with your neighbours to reduce local crime and disorder and make your neighbourhood a safe and better place to live, work and play.
Community spirit and good relations are principles at the heart of Neighbourhood Watch. Neighbourhood Watch aims to bring local people closer together who share common goals to tackle crime and disorder and to keep an eye on each other's property.
The original function of Neighbourhood Watch, when it was established by the police in 1982, was to tackle household burglary. This remains a primary function of Neighbourhood Watch, particularly in Bexley as burglary is one of Bexley Borough Police's priorities. Nevertheless, Neighbourhood Watch is not only about crime prevention, it also aims to foster 'good neighbourliness' and a strong community spirit.
Each Watch usually covers one street and has one Street Coordinator and possibly a deputy. Bexley is split into 17 wards. Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs), NW coordinators and NW office volunteers work together to highlight and improve crime and disorder in their local area. The Management Committee is also there to support NW Coordinators and volunteers.