Surrey Police Watch Schemes

Watch schemes are not police-run groups, but they do need to plan action in co-operation with the police and other agencies, such as local authorities. Generally, a volunteer co-ordinator leads the team and a committee meets regularly to plan which problems to target and what action to take.

Neighbourhood Watch

There are more than 3,500 schemes countywide, involving almost a third of Surrey’s households. Neighbourhood Watch aims to:

  • Prevent and reduce crime in our neighbourhoods.
  • Provide reassurance to people in our communities, particularly the more vulnerable.
  • Provide appropriate and up to date crime prevention advice.
  • Encourage people to be alert – looking after themselves and others.
  • Pass on timely information from the police to the community and vice versa – to help prevent and detect crimes.

Benefits can include:

  • Discounts of up to 20% on home insurance for active Watch members.
  • Regular communication and crime alerts from local police.
  • Vigilant neighbours who are concerned with community safety.
  • A cumulative voice campaigning for community issues.
  • Specialist crime reduction advice to improve home security.
  • Reduced likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.

Joining Neighbourhood Watch is free, and window stickers and crime prevention leaflets can be supplied free of charge. However, there  is a small fee for the street signs, which are an important element in deterring offenders. Usually, these fees are shared between scheme members.

To find out more about joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling 101 or click here for Neighbourhoods.  Alternatively, visit the Neighbourhood Watch website www.ourwatch.org.ukLink to an external website.

Country Watch

Country Watch is a message alert scheme where the police work with rural communities to help prevent and detect crime.

Members receive message alerts via SMS text and/or email about suspicious activity or incidents in the local area – for example, thefts, criminal damage or suspicious vehicles or people. Members can report related information and other suspicious activity by calling Surrey Police.  Once verified, the information is distributed via the Country Watch network.

Members also receive regular bulletins about local crime, emerging trends, suspicious callers and vehicles.

The scheme, which is free to join, is publicised through warning signs displayed around the rural community, which in itself provides a deterrent to some
criminals.

For further details contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling 101 or click here.

Community Speed Watch

When speeding in a community has been raised as an issue with local police, specialist roads officers will collect evidence and where possible target the area. They will also ask the community if they would like to set up a Community Speed Watch scheme.

Fully trained volunteers  use measuring equipment to identify speeding vehicles and forward this information to the police. The police will cross reference the recorded information with that held by the DVLA and send out a warning letter to the registered keeper. If there is a persistent problem with a particular motorist, the police will target the driver of that vehicle and, if appropriate, take further action.

Surrey Police provides all the equipment and training.

To find out more about establishing a new Community Speed Watch scheme, or to see if there is an existing one in your area, call your local Casualty Reduction Officer on 101.

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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