Neighbourhood Watch scheme boosts community safety 

Published: Friday, December 8, 2023

  • Wandsworth’s scheme relaunches as part of the national Neighbourhood Watch network.
  • The scheme will help to ensure Wandsworth remains inner London’s safest borough.
  • With over 876 members and counting, residents are urged to join up.  

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L-r: Jan Forbes, Cheryl Spruce from the National Neighbourhood Watch Network, Cllr Graeme Henderson, Vice-Chair Sylvie Chrzanoswka and police Superintendent David Bannister.

Wandsworth has joined the national Neighbourhood Watch network to boost community safety and keep neighbourhoods secure.  

Wandsworth has 89 active schemes and members receive valuable crime prevention information. Coordinators can access the online OurWatch Knowledge Hub where they can connect with fellow members, as well as get resources provided by the council’s Community Safety Team including road signs and window stickers. 

Jan Forbes, the newly elected chair of Neighbourhood Watch in Wandsworth, said: "I’ve been a member of Neighbourhood Watch ever since I moved into Wandsworth many years ago. Wandsworth's recent switch to supporting NW through has really brought the organisation bang up to date. 
“The newly formed Association aims to introduce many more residents to the benefits of membership and to provide support for all the volunteer coordinators out there and the ones yet to be recruited." 

Cabinet member for Community Safety Graeme Henderson said: “We’re proud of our Neighbourhood Watch members and co-ordinators who share our commitment to making our neighbourhoods secure and keeping Wandsworth as inner London’s safest borough. By working together and staying vigilant we can have a real impact on crime.” 

Find out how to get involved at Get other safety advice from the council’s Community Safety team at