Neighbourhood Watch Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long would I have to serve as a member of Neighbourhood Watch?
A. You’re under no obligation – serve for as long or as short a time as you wish. If you do decide to leave though, it helps if you can give your street co-ordinator a little notice, so they can fill the gap you will leave.
Q. Does being a member of Neighbourhood Watch mean that I can involve my family?
A. Generally speaking, yes – but do make sure that children don’t become too involved, apart from making them aware of when they themselves are at risk. Neighbourhood Watch requires maturity, judgement and an adult sense of responsibility.
Q. Will membership give the impression that I am working for the police?
A. The fact is that you are not. Everything said and written about Neighbourhood Watch shows that you are in effect doing what every responsible citizen should be doing – helping the police and your neighbours to create and maintain a safe, crime-free community.
Q. I have a disability. Will it create problems? Are disabled people really welcome in the scheme?
A. Disabled people can often prove to be the most useful members. But if you have doubts, have a word with your Street Co-ordinator.
Q. Am I expected to patrol the streets?
Absolutely not. The police strongly discourage vigilantes and people who seek to take the law into their own hands. Apart from the risk of physical injury, there can be serious legal implications. If, however, you would like to play a more active role, you could always consider applying to join the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary. As a Special Constable, you will be able to help the police on a voluntary basis as a fully trained officer in uniform.
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