clearing a confusion

up-date on 13. February 2021, can only complement the Council for immediately acting upon my enquiry and indeed changing the layout of the Safer Neighbourhoods Page. Thank you.

I have today written to Ann Corbett and Calvin Mclean from the Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods Team and requested that the Council improve their Safer Neighbourhoods Page, which is currently a bit messy with pictures and links not quite coherrent. The advice on the council website doesn’t reflect how the police would like to work with us.

This is because people have contacted me previously stating that they are confused as to what Neighbourhood Watch actually means and where to get the best advice from.

The new formulation on the Metropolitcan Police website is perfect and clearly states the procedures for building Neighbourhood Watch groups in the borough. I have asked that the borough makes their Safer Neighbourhoods pages equally clear. Just as you can read from the Met Police formulae.


Neighbourhood Watch is about people getting together with their neighbours to take action to reduce crime.

They’re community initiatives owned and run by their members which are supported by the police but not owned by them, although we sometimes run them.

They work by developing a close relationship between community members and the local police.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes can:

  • cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • help and reassure those who live in the area
  • encourage neighbourliness and closer communities

How to join a Watch scheme

Go to Neighbourhood Watch to find out what groups are active in your area and to register to join.

You can also find and contact your local Neighbourhood Watch Association or Scheme Coordinator via the same website for:

  • more information on how these schemes work
  • the benefits of the schemes
  • advice on running a scheme in your local area

You can sign up for OWL – Online Watch Link which manages messaging alerts for Neighbourhood Watch and local communities.  (wording of Met Police)