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Enfield Council and police say “Watch it”

Published Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Residents are being urged to take advantage of a drive to recruit more Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in Enfield following a public meeting on Wednesday organised by the Metropolitan Police.

The community schemes are proven to reduce crime and Enfield Council is keen for more of the projects to be set up in the borough to act as a deterrent to burglary and other crimes.

Police met with residents and Enfield Council representatives at the Civic Centre and signed up around 50 new members.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We can all play our part in keeping Enfield as a safe and pleasant place in which to live, work or visit and I’d urge residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or set one up if they don’t have one in their area.

“Both the Metropolitan Police and Enfield Council are fully supportive of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in our borough, they do excellent work in helping to prevent crime and keep people safe and we will do everything we can to ensure the schemes are a success.

”We are never complacent when it comes to crime prevention and that is why we value Neighbourhood Watch schemes so highly.”

detective Cheif Inspector Paul Healy from Enfield Police said: " We are entering the seasonal  peak for burglary and as such we will have officers dedicated to preventing burglaries and apprehending those who chose to commit this heinous crime. 

"Neighbourhood Watch is a vital ingredient in assisting communities to work together to prevent crime being committed in their area. If you would like to set up an Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area or want additional information please contact you local Dedicated Ward Officer."  
Neighbourhood Watch first started in the United States as part of the community's response to the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964. The movement made its way across the Atlantic in 1982 when the first group started in Mollington, Cheshire.

Neighbourhood Watch in the UK was originally called Home Watch, a name by which it is still most widely known in some parts of England.

The movement in the UK started out as individual groups of neighbours deciding to keep their eyes open and work with the police to report crime and suspicious occurrences. Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch groups at 'street level' are generally known as 'schemes' and are run by a 'coordinator'.

Over the years schemes and coordinators have banded together to form local, county and regional Associations. Today, Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch is one of the UK’s largest voluntary movements, covering approximately 3.8 million households.

An attempt was made in the early noughties to unify the movement by forming a national representative body; however, by 2007 this had folded and many members felt the need for a new organisation to share best practice, foster peer learning and provide a voice for the movement at a national level.

With support from the Home Office, in April 2007 the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) was born.

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