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. The 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.
Building Resilience in Communities
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. The pace of change is faster than at any time in the past, the focus of Neighbourhood Watch 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
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.
Neighbourhood Watch Vision
The Neighbourhood Watch vision is a society where neighbours come together to create safer, stronger and active communities. With a mission to support and enable individuals and communities to be connected, active and safe, Neighbourhood Watch aims to increase wellbeing and minimise crime.