Plans to integrate and expand the promotion and awareness of Neighbourhood Watch communities across Avon and Somerset have been announced.

“We have been working with the police Rural Affairs Unit to provide support for Farm Watch and Horse Watch – alongside our existing Neighbourhood Watch commitments and our representation of NW on the national NWN body,” says Dr. Egils Praulitis of
Avon and Somerset Watch

“Bringing Watches closer together makes a lot of sense, as it not only strengthens crime prevention, it also raises public awareness – and reflects the approach already adopted in other police regions.”

Neighbourhood Watch, Farm Watch and Horse Watch are the major ‘Watches’ within Avon and Somerset. However, all combined, these only reach about 10-15 per cent of the region’s population.

To engage more broadly with communities and organisations for whom the traditional and existing ‘Watches’ are not appropriate and do not meet their particular circumstance, Community Watch and Keep Safe schemes for ‘communities’ and ‘commerce’ respectively are being launched.

To help build and develop our online support, and engage more broadly across Avon and Somerset, as well as making much better use of social media and social apps, Dr Praulitis says NW are looking for volunteers with social media and IT skills to join them.

“We are also looking for volunteers to lead and develop the support for Neighbourhood Watch, Rural Watches, and the new Community/Keep Safe Schemes.”

If you would like to help get in touch at info@asnwa.org.