How can I join?

If you would like to join a watch scheme, you can:

Neighbourhood Watch 

Neighbourhood Watch is a great way to keep your home and your community safe. If you join Neighbourhood Watch you will receive regular updates and alerts from your Safer Neighbourhood Team via email, or by telephone if preferred, using Hertfordshire’s Online Watch Link (OWL) communication system.

The messages will provide you with crime prevention advice and information about how you can help the police, for example by looking out for stolen property or helping find missing people. You will also receive invitations to local events.

Other schemes you can join

Pub Watch

Representatives from pubs meet regularly to discuss problems or incidents that have happened on a licensed premise. The network is also used to share information about anyone banned from a licensed premise in the area and is a scheme supported by the police and council.

Shop Watch 

Shops in this scheme are given a radio and are able to communicate with other shop owners, the police and the CCTV control room, so that they can report crimes taking place, suspicious behaviour or share intelligence.

Horse Watch

This scheme aims to help fight crime and anti-social behaviour in rural areas by improving relations between horse owners, riders and the police. As horse owners and riders are regularly out and about in rural areas, they are likely to notice anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.

Business Watch 

You can join the Business Watch Scheme at www.owl.co.uk/herts. 

It offers businesses a way to stay updated and alert of any issues that are going on in the local area such as scams and criminal activity.

Senior Watch 

Senior Watch seeks the help of caring local people and involves them sharing information and advice to help keep our senior residents safe. This scheme is for our senior residents, anyone who has older neighbours or relatives and those who care for or work with elderly people. By signing up to Senior Watch, you will receive messages from the local policing team containing information and advice for you to share with your elderly family member, neighbour or friend. To sign up to receive Senior Watch messages, please visit the OWL website.

Dog Watch 

This scheme shares occasional messages relating to canine crime and the well-being of dogs in your area.