Neighbourhood Watch

Find out about this scheme which can play an important part in creating safer communities, reducing crime and the fear of crime.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes are formed by groups of neighbours, with one of them acting as the scheme co-ordinator.  There are no set rules about how many households are needed to make up a scheme, but they should be limited to a a manageable size so the co-ordinator can communicate and work with each household on a regular basis.

These schemes help to:

  • reduce opportunities for crime
  • build a community spirit, with neighbours working together for everybody's benefit
  • pass information to the police about suspicious incidents occurring in the neighbourhood

Whilst a scheme can exist independently, we feel there is a benefit to maintaining some structure to empower members to take responsibility for administration, servicing and development of a scheme. Where possible, this structure should mirror the local police boundaries to make the best use of available police resources. Through this approach, many schemes have developed into associations which can help and develop other schemes. Hampshire Neighbourhood Watch Association has elected volunteers representing local associations who meet regularly with our staff, and has also produced a handbook for co-ordinators offering further guidance.

Setting up a new scheme

Once the potential for a new scheme has been identified or one has already been formed, a local officer will make contact with the prospective co-ordinator. We'll then ask that the co-ordinator arrange a meeting with potential members. You'll need to find somewhere to hold this meeting - our premises can only be used if there is no alternative.

You can get advice from your local officers, or by visiting the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network.

Join an existing scheme

The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network lists all the schemes in your area.  The local contacts below may be useful, or you can contact the Hampshire County Neighbourhood Watch Scheme at

Area Contact email
Ashurst and Colbury
Basingstoke and Deane
Blackwater and Hawley
New Milton
Winchester City

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