The National Neighbourhood Watch Network have now started running a public survey to begin to benchmark whether membership of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness and the willingness of communities to work together. This survey will also be circulated to users of the Neighbourhood Alert system.
This is a really exciting project that will assist both Neighbourhood Watch and partners to better understand the views and experiences of local people across a range of crime and community issues. We would love you to be involved and share the survey across your community groups via emails and share on social media and with your relevant partners to ensure we reach a diverse range of people to make the results as useful as possible to inform future work.
The survey questions are grouped into three sections: –
• Perceptions and experience of crime – to help understand levels of crime victimisation, fear of crime and feelings of safety of local residents and the impact of crime prevention and reassurance activity.
• Neighbourliness – To help understand levels of neighbourliness, community cohesion and loneliness in the local community and the impact of activity to bring the community together to support each other.
• NW reach and diversity – to help understand the current reach and diversity of NW membership and the impact of activity to diversify and grow the membership.
They are keen to reach both Neighbourhood Watch members and non–members so comparisons can be made between the perception and experiences of crime and community of these groups of people so would be really grateful if you could share it as widely as possible. The more we are all able to circulate the survey, the more comparable and useful the results will be.