Setting up a watch is not as difficult as you may think. It may include some footwork and chatting to a few people but it’s all part of it.

Once you have your watch area setup, it’s a good idea to establish a means of communicating and passing on information. We find email is a good system as we distribute information this way.


There are a few things you may want to consider when setting up your scheme:

  • It’s a good idea to have a deputy or second coordinator?
  • a treasurer (You may need to raise funds).
  • a secretary (if needed).

The steering group will provide emails to alert the coordinator of area specific crime updates.

Once your watch is setup, you will need a Neighbourhood Watch sign. There are certain requirement to display your sign. Generally, signs must not be illuminated, be at least 2.2 metres above street level but no higher than 3.6 metres above street level and ideally placed on concrete and steel lamp columns maintained by the local authority. You will need to inform us on which lampposts you use (there may be a number to identify the post). There is a website which provides information on setting up and running a watch. Also information on what you can do to keep it running.

We also recommend you publicise your watch members to register with By registering their valuables on owners can put details of their prized possessions on a national database that police can access and compare against items that have been found or recovered from suspected criminals. The online service is totally free and is quick and easy to use. Items marked as being registered with Immobilise are less likely to be stolen, and households displaying Immobilise stickers are less likely to be targeted by burglars.”