Residential areas which have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme consistently have fewer burglaries. Over 70,000 households in Hertfordshire are signed up to watch schemes across the county. They work with the police and the Community Safety Partnership to make Hertfordshire a hostile environment for criminals and a safe place for residents and businesses. There is a range of other watch schemes, including Dog Watch, Horse Watch, Senior Watch Allotment Watch, Business Watch and Rural Watch.  

Joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

If you would like to join a watch scheme or start one, please log on to Our Watch which will be able to offer help and advice. St Albans & District Neighbourhood Watch is run by volunteers but it works in partnership Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Community Safety Partnership. It aims to help people protect themselves and their property by means of greater vigilance, improved home security and by fostering a community spirit.

Further information can be found at Neighbourhood Watch or Herts Watch.

Online Watch Link

Online Watch Link (OWL) is used by Hertfordshire Constabulary and other partner agencies to communicate with thousands of watch members cross the County.

OWL is an advanced solution for police & communities to grow and manage Neighbourhood Watch, Dog Watch, Business Watch, Senior Watch and dozens of other schemes. OWL provides watch members with the latest information, local alerts and crime prevention advice sent by email, telephone or SMS.

For more information on how to become an OWL member please go to the OWL website 


Date of last review: 15 August 2017