What is Neighbourhood Watch Scheme?
The Neighbourhood Watch Scheme was established in 1985 by the Gardaí as a crime-prevention measure and is currently co-ordinated both at local level and centrally through the Garda Síochána Community Relations Section.
In common with other community-based schemes, it enlists the voluntary help of the community in co-operation with An Garda Síochána and operates mainly in urban areas. There are some 2,600 Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in operation nationwide with over 400,000 households involved.
What is the role of Neighbourhood Watch Scheme?
The Neighbourhood Watch organisation provides guidance and encouragement to the general community on crime-prevention measures.
It works closely with An Garda Síochána in watching out for suspicious activity and reporting crime.
In relation to preventative measures, it publishes and distributes a wide range of material containing advice to householders on security measures which reduce the opportunity for crime. It also promotes and organises conferences, commissions research and publishes reports dealing with various aspects of preventing crime.