Welcome to Neighbourhood Watch
Want to get involved in Neighbourhood Watch?
People participate in Neighbourhood Watch to be actively involved in a movement that is associated with community safety and security of neighbourhoods. It is widely regarded that being part of Neighbourhood Watch can:
- Reduce / prevent local crime
- Reduce fear of crime
- Address issues relating to antisocial behaviour
- Create safer neighbourhoods
- Build community spirit and cohesion
- Reassure members of the public
- Assist in the detection and apprehension of criminals through members providing information to the Police
- Improve quality of life and the local environment
Participating in Neighbourhood Watch is as easy as:
- Getting to know and talking to your neighbours
- Spending time out and about in your community and becoming familiar with your local environment
- Reporting any suspicious activity to Police
- Applying crime prevention strategies around your home or business
- Educating and sharing information with your neighbours about what they can do to prevent crime
- Staying informed of local issues by following WA Police Force on social media.
Many of us already observe activities in our streets, particularly when it seems out of place. However, many of us may feel reluctant to do anything about our suspicions because we are unsure of what to do or unsure if our neighbours would appreciate our becoming involved.
Through Neighbourhood Watch, many of these uncertainties can be overcome. Neighbourhood Watch is protection of your property and of your community through communication and cooperation with the people who live around you.
Neighbourhood Watch does not take the place of police and does not require you to become involved in or take direct actions against suspicious behaviour. It simply uses the power of community and common interest to improve community safety and assist your local Police in addressing crime in your area.
Neighbourhood Watch is a program to help neighbours watch out for neighbours.
Getting involved is easy
Your neighbours know who you are, what type of car you drive, and may be the first to notice a suspicious person at your door or window. A Police Officer patrolling your community may not recognise a stranger in your yard - but your neighbour will.
By simply getting to know your neighbours, you will be well positioned to recognise someone or something that is suspicious.
Neighbourhood Watch is a method of reducing crime by encouraging you to learn how to recognise and report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, and how to make your home less inviting as a target for thieves.
Neighbourhood Watch is a good way to start conversations in your community and helps build safe, caring and connected communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to get involved is simply by getting to know your neighbours.
Many of us already observe activities in our streets, particularly when it seems out of place. However many of us may feel reluctant to do anything about our suspicions because we are unsure of what to do or we are unsure if our neighbours would appreciate our becoming involved.
Neighbourhood Watch provides a platform to overcome these uncertainties through communication and cooperation with the people who live around you.
We understand that it can be quite daunting to knock on someone's from door and introduce yourself. So, we have developed an ice breaker / conversation starter that may assist you. Our "Knock Knock" card provides a non intrusive way to introduce yourself to your neighbours.
We also have a step by step guide - "Starting a NHW Network" to assist you with the process.
Neighbourhood Watch promotes cooperation and communication among neighbours.
In order to share information, raise concerns and ask questions etc. Find out from your neighbours what communication platform will work best for you. We recommend using a social media app such as Messenger, SMS or WhatsApp.
Once you've created your network, communicate regularly about what is happening in your street.
You can also encourage your neighbours to get to know their neighbours, expanding the network to include the whole street.
Many of us already observe activities in our streets, however are not sure whether they are suspicious or not.
By knowing your neighbour these uncertainties can be overcome.
A simple text or message to your neighbour can clear up any concerns you have regarding your observations.
Be observant to your local environment and if you see something that is suspicious, share the information with Police and also your neighbours.
Knowledge is a great crime prevention tool as it raises awareness and connects a neighbourhood.
Your neighbours can then also be vigilant to their surroundings and also share any suspicious activity they see with Police.
If you are going away, your neighbours can assist by:
- Keeping an eye on your property.
- Bring in your mail.
- Mow your low.
- Parking a car in your driveway.
Your neighbours are a great resource. Get to know them and start sharing information today.
Neighbourhood Watch has a range of resources available to help you and your neighbours display the Neighbourhood Watch philosophy.
Check out our Resource page to view what is available. To order, simply send us an email with your order and we will send them out to you.
There are many social media groups that have formed in our suburbs with the intention of sharing information and connecting communities.
A simple search on the social media platform may assist you to find an online group in your area.
If you are new to your street, there may be network already formed, get to know your neighbours and enquire if one exists. If it doesn't, create one.
Online platforms are great to raise awareness on a broader scale. However, the power of Neighbourhood Watch is at the street level and forming connections with your immediate neighbours.
We have a range of resources available that outline various methods to increase your home and property security.
Home and property security is only as good as the weakest link or point of entry. Thieves will always be looking out for any opportunity to steal your property. The harder we can make it to reduce the opportunity and increase their risk of being caught, the better.
Check out our Resources page to assist you.
If you see suspicious behaviour or a criminal act it is very important to report your information to Police.
It can be confusing to know what to report and where to report.
Let us break it down for you.
Crime Stoppers WA - 1800 333 000 or report online on crimestoperswa.com.au
What do I report to Crime Stoppers?
Anonymous reporting of non urgent criminal activity or suspicious activity.
- You have witnessed and/or overhead criminal activity.
- Recognised a person and/or vehicle of interest to the Police.
- You have noticed suspicious activity.
Information can be current or from the past.
POLICE ACTION - NON URGENT
131 444 - Press 1 for Police attendance or 2 for report only
What do I ring 131 444 for?
- Burglary, motor vehicle theft, theft from motor vehicles
- Property related incidents for insurance purposes
- A disturbance or antisocial behaviour
POLICE ACTION - URGENT
What do I ring 000 for?
Where life or property is threatened or in danger.
- A serious crime is in progress or just committed
- Life or serious injury is threatened
- An immediate threat to people or property exists