Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership between local communities, police and local Policing and Community Safety Partnership which may be of benefit to your area and is worth considering.

Its aim is to help people protect themselves and their property, and to reduce the fear of crime.

Anyone can belong to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and play a part in its achievements. Every community or neighbourhood can set up a scheme – a scheme can cover just one street, or part or all of an estate.

The Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator acts as a link between the community and local police. Their main role is to act as the first point of contact for all members of the scheme; and receive and distribute information.

Everyone within a Neighbourhood Watch scheme plays an important part in making their neighbourhood a safer, more friendly and pleasant place to live.

When you belong to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, you are given advice about the sort of things to look out for. Any information, no matter how minor, may help the police solve or prevent a crime.