Responsibility for arranging PLI is with Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN), the national body to which BNWA is affiliated. NHWN has secured free Public Liability Insurance for all Watch schemes across England and Wales to enable volunteers to carry out their roles without fear of personal loss.  The policy covers any scheme registered with an Authority recognised or verified by the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network.  This includes the police service, the local authority or constituted NW Associations.  There will be no need for each police force or NW Association to register with the policyholder (NHWN) or the broker.  As a member Borough of London Neighbourhood Watch Association, you are covered by this scheme automatically and need take no action (other than, perhaps, to advise your own members).  The current policy runs to 31 March 2016.  In the event of a claim, the Watch or Association should point out it is recognised via London Neighbourhood Watch Association. 

What is covered?

•                       If any of your activities cause injury to third parties or damage to third party property, the insurer will cover claims arising for up to £10 million per claim occurring during the insured period.

•                       The insurance applies for activities undertaken with your full knowledge, authority and under your control in line with good practice procedures and adhering to all relevant local policies and practices.

•                       The erection and maintenance of signs and posters, including whilst erecting, is covered providing that the lower edge of the sign is not less than 2.1 metres above the footway.

•                       Neighbourhood Watch events, street parties and Neighbourhood Watch stands at other people’s events are covered provided they are not prohibited by any exclusion criteria.

•                       The cover is also for other Watches, eg Junior and Speed Watch, if incorporated into a NW Scheme or Association and local policies and practices are adhered to.

•                       There is no age restriction (upper or lower) placed on the cover.

The certificate for proof of cover can be downloaded from the Members Area of the OurWatch website where you will, of course, need to have “registered”.  General questions are addressed in the FAQ document available to download at:




Crime prevention advice from the Metropolitan Police, an essential part of the Neighbourhood Watch toolkit.

Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network has also produced a comprehensive collection of Crime Prevention advice.  Download a copy from the OurWatch website.


What does Neighbourhood Watch do?  It’s up to you.  Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the people of its community.  You and your neighbours come together to make your area a safe and pleasant place to live.  You decide what measures to take because you know your community needs best. But you’re not on your own.


Being involved

If you’re not in touch with your local Neighbourhood Watch group and don’t know how to reach it, use our postcode search to find it quickly and easily.  If there is a group in your area you will be able to contact the scheme coordinator to find out about joining their scheme.


Running a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Running a scheme can be a great opportunity to make a real difference in your area.  You might set a new scheme up, revive an old one or be appointed coordinator of your existing group.  Whatever the case, it needn’t be a daunting prospect.  This various components of the Neighbourhood Watch Toolkit listed on this page should be of help.

Communication SkillsGood listening and talking are fundamental to the work of Neighbourhood Watch. Whether you're speaking to your group, local people in general, police or funding providers, your clarity and openness will make a big difference.  This Toolkit is a general guide to communication skills that can hep you in all these situations and more.


Effective MeetingsTo function as a group, the members of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme need to meet regularly.  You may have experience of organising work meetings, but remember, Neighbourhood Watch meetings are optional so they need to be worthwhile to ensure people come.  Planning and management can make all the difference.


Public SpeakingPublic speaking can be vital in establishing and running successful Neighbourhood Watch schemes.  It can help you address groups of both existing and potential members and make presentations to secure funding opportunities, especially from businesses.


Finance and Fundraising - Neighbourhood Watch groups often need funding.  It might be for publishing a newsletter, using meeting rooms, travelling, running stalls or building a website.  This module will help you access potential funding sources. A list of organisations to approach appears at the end.


Producing Publicity MaterialGood publicity material will get people interested in your scheme. You can now make posters, letters and more using our ready made design templates at the Publicity materials area of the "Our Watch" website.
  Whether you want to publicise your own scheme, Neighbourhood Watch in general or a specific event, they have a wide selection of designs for you to customise, download and print.  It's easy and the designs are attention grabbling, professional and friendly.


PresentationThe aim is to create safe, pleasant communities rather than create a fear of crime, to bring people together for the good of all, not create an atmosphere of suspicion.  You need to inspire participation.  Use clear, simple language to talk about realistic solutions, showing how people can make a difference.  Use true stories and quotations to bring your points to life.  Keep it friendly and inspiring.  Keep it simple.  Keep communications short, clear, human and informative, using down-to-earth, conversational language with no jargon or euphemisms


Ethics and StandardsIn order to further these aims and objectives and to ensure public confidence in Neighbourhood Watch, these Ethics and Standards guidelines have been drafted to assist Neighbourhood Watch coordinators 



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