The aim of Neighbourhood Watch is to support you so that you can protect yourself and your property. The scheme is promoted, supported and endorsed at a strategic level by a partnership between the Department of Justice, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). At an operational level, this is done through PSNI District Command Units and Policing and Community Safety Partnerships.
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the largest and most well-known crime prevention initiatives. Anyone can get involved in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which means you can play your part in helping the police reduce crime. The scheme also encourages you to be a good neighbour and helps to bring communities closer together. Neighbourhood Watch is a method of developing close liaison between households in a neighbourhood, the local police and other relevant agencies.
The aim of Neighbourhood Watch is to help you protect yourself and your property and to reduce the fear of crime in your community through:
- improved home security
- greater vigilance
- fostering community spirit
- improving your environment
Both PCSP and PSNI would like to encourage more people in many areas across Newry, Mourne and Down to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. The scheme can cover just one street or part or all of an estate and requires a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator. The coordinator acts as a link between the community and local police and they are the first point of contact for all members of the scheme to receive and distribute information.
If you would like any further information or would be interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area, please contact the Policing & Community Safety Partnership at the Newry, Mourne & Down District Council Offices on 03301374038 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To fill out an application form click here.