Information on what Neighbourhood Watch groups are, how to find one in your local area and how to set up a new Neighbourhood Watch group.
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is a scheme where neighbours, the police and local partners come together to build safe and friendly communities.
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators play a key role in sharing information between residents and the police.
Find out where the Neighbourhood Watch Groups are in your area, or find out how how to set up a new group.
National statistics show that if you live in a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) area, your chance of being burgled reduces from 1 in 35 to 1 in 344 (source: Association of British Insurers) making it one of the most successful crime prevention initiatives in the country.
The aim of NHW is to:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to supporting NHW and help is available whether you are looking to start a new group or re-launch an existing group. The Police and other agencies work closely with the Council to support NHW Groups.
Find out how to set up a new group in your area.
There are now over 200 NHW groups across the East Riding.
You can view a locations of some of these groups on the Our Watch website:
Our Watch website (external website)
For a full list of Neighbourhood Watch groups in the East Riding, please contact our safer communities officer:
We want to help set more across the county, especially in Goole, Bridlington, Driffield and Holderness. Find out how to set up a new group in your area.
If you have checked to see where the Neighbourhood Watch Groups are in your area and can’t see your area listed, you can find out how to set up a group using the simple step by step guide below.
In addition to answering any questions you may have, the Council will be able to provide you with all documentation and information necessary to start your new group.
Tel: (01482) 391013
Groups can be of any size but based on experience, 20 – 30 households is a manageable number to start with - but you can of course start with more or less houses, if you wish. Some villages for example are set up as one single neighbourhood watch group with 2 or 3 coordinators.
The questionnaire contains a couple of simple questions to assess the level of support for the scheme and to help you identify potential helpers.
Between 3 and 7 days after distribution so they don’t end up in the bin!
A ‘set up’ meeting is strongly recommended but not essential, dependent on your circumstances. If you opt for a set up meeting, a Council representative and a local Police Officer will help you with it. The meeting provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet each other and to hear what the Police have to say about crime in their area. Based on the information presented at the meeting, you all decide whether or not you want the group to go ahead, who the coordinator will be and how you want it to work.
This should include invites to the first meeting, if applicable.
Identify locations for the NHW signs, then we will apply to Highways on your behalf to get permission to place signs in these locations.
You should only do this after receiving an email confirming you have permission to do this. We will provide the signs free of charge.
This could be by establishing your email network, holding your first meeting or sending out your newsletter, which ever approach you’ve agreed on.
If you would like further information or advice please contact our Community and Crime Reduction Resilience Officer:
If you are a new group or an existing group and would like to register with the East Riding NHW Association please download, complete the following form:
Registration Form (pdf 438kb opens in new window)
and return it to our Community and Crime Reduction Resilience Officer:
Registering with the Association is free and brings the following benefits:
Supporting Neighbourhood Watch does not necessarily involve attending meetings or giving up a lot of your spare time – you can be as involved as you want to be.