What is Neighbourhood Watch – Croydon?
Neighbourhood Watch Croydon (NHW) is a charity run by volunteers overseen by a Committee. Whist NHW is part of London Neighbourhood Watch and the National Neighbourhood Watch it is a separate entity in its own right. As such NHW relies on public donations. If you would like to make a donation (which can be gift aided) please contact us.
The aim of NHW is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. It’s about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age and background to create real communities where no one has to feel vulnerable or isolated. Where neighbours look out for those in their road who are elderly or vulnerable. Residents are encouraged to report all incidents to the relevant agencies to try and help prevent crime before it happens.
What would I have to do?
Becoming a NHW co-ordinator does not cost anything except a little bit of time but it can have a big impact on your local community. The minimum amount of time required to spend on NHW matters would be to deliver the Croydon Eye newsletter 3 times a year and to pass on any relevant information from our email updates to your watch. We also encourage you and your watch to report all incidences and suspicious activity to the relevant agencies. If you see something that may help the Police in solving or preventing a crime make a note of what you have seen and pass this information on to the Police. You can contact your local SNT, call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
What happens once I am a NHW co-ordinator?
Once your watch has been set up, a pack will be sent which includes a welcome letter for all your members to inform them you are the new NHW co-ordinator, an ID card, NHW window stickers and information booklets. We encourage NHW Co-ordinators to get their watch email addresses so they can forward relevant emails from the Police and NHW office to them.
NHW meerkat lamppost signs are available for NHW Co-ordinators to put up to indicate an active watch is operating in your road, street or block of flats. Co-ordinators can erect the signs within the restrictions of our insurance. Details of which will be provided.
NHW Co-ordinators get a chance to meet at training and awareness sessions run twice a year by the Committee and the annual conference. All NHW co-ordinators are invited to both events, however, attendance at these events is not mandatory.
How do I apply?
Please contact our office manager who will send you an application form. All potential co-ordinators are required to have a police check (we will organise this on your behalf).
Once your check has been carried out and cleared you will be sent a welcome pack to get your watch up and running.