People Can Volunteer with Neighbourhood Watch
People Can…volunteer to become a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator
Did you know that PEOPLE CAN become a A Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and make a real difference in their local community?
Neighbourhood Watch came to West Yorkshire in 1985 and Bradford was the first city here to implement it. From then on it has gone from strength to strength, with currently around 1350 schemes operating in the District covering approximately 36,000 households. 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of Neighbourhood Watch in Bradford. The concept has stood the test of time and it is a tribute to you the community who have continued to support it.
The level of enthusiasm for Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) remains very high and Bradford is no exception. Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary group in the UK with over 7.5 million members.
Neighbourhood Watch is now beginning to reflect the diverse make-up of the Bradford area with 75% of all new watch setups being from minority groups. It is no longer seen as the preserve of the leafy suburbs but has comfortably adjusted to city life.
It goes without saying that the more groups we can involve in NHW, the more crime and antisocial behaviour is reduced, leading to an improved quality of life for residents.
The advantage of working closely with Watch groups is already identified by Neighbourhood Policing teams, the local council and housing trusts. The groups themselves continue to be the eyes and ears in the police response to reducing crime.
Neighbourhood Watch plays one of the leading roles in reducing crime and in 79% of cases there is a significant reduction in crime where a scheme is established.
The process of setting up a Watch for your street is very straight forward. If you have an interest in improving your environment, enhancing the community spirit as well as deterring crime, then this is the scheme for you. There is an added bonus with some home insurance companies recognising that Watch schemes mean lower crime figures and this is reflected in lower insurance premiums.
The police will supply all signs and literature relating to the Watch free of charge and will keep in touch with you with relevant information on crime, suspicious incidents and also offer advice on current crime trends and crime reduction.
Our messages are sent to Watch groups via the Online Watch Link (OWL) messaging system with over 12,000 members in Bradford alone already signed up to it. To sign up to OWL then please visit www.owl.co.uk/wyp. Remember it is free of charge so why not give it a go.
If you are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch in your area then please contact the Liaison Officer on the number below. He will be more than happy to help.
Howard Buckley –
West Yorkshire Police
Bradford District Neighbourhood Watch Liaison
Bradford, BD1 5RW
Telephone : 01274 373958