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Neighbourhood Watch schemes are local networks of people who are encouraged to look out for suspicious things happening in the community and for each other’s properties – especially when they’re empty.
If someone sees something suspicious they can alert other people in the neighbourhood and if necessary, the police.
This can help you avoid:
There are no specific rules for how to run a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and they vary between neighbourhoods. Some groups meet regularly and have lots of members, and some are smaller groups that only communicate via email. You can use the scheme in whichever way works for you and your community.
If you’re looking to start a neighbourhood watch scheme you should register your scheme with Our Watch.
You should also get in touch with us. We can come to your home to discuss the scheme and offer advice on setting one up. We will also be able to provide you with information and useful resources such as:
We can provide support if you have been the victim of a scam. We can also give advice and talks on how to prevent scams, and discuss any concerns you have about scams.