Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives
ever, now involving millions of people across the country. It is based on the simple
idea that you and your neighbours can help to reduce crime and create a better place
to live, work and play.
Around 100,000 households in Hertfordshire are members of Hertfordshire Neighbourhood
Watch, which is more than 1 in 5 of our residential addresses. The number of new
members is increasing all the time, at a rate of about 500 per month.
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP HOUSEHOLDS IN HERTFORDSHIRE 100,000
Hertfordshire Neighbourhood Watch is structured to align with the county’s ten policing
districts. There are also several other ‘themed’ watches, including Dog Watch, Business
Watch and Rural Watch.
HertsWatch unites these watches in Hertfordshire in order to help and inform residents,
businesses and organisations and to encourage them to join a watch in their area
- all with a common aim - to keep it the safest county in the UK and the one with
the lowest crime figures.
We also have very good working relationships with the Safer Neighbourhood Teams throughout
One of the key weapons in our armoury is the Online Watch Link system, or OWL, which
gives people who have signed up instant access to local messages and alerts, crime
prevention advice and other messages from both Neighbourhood Watch and your local
Police team via secure email, or by text or phone if you prefer.