Create a safer community Neighbourhood Watch groups are an excellent way of achieving these aims. Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the people of its local community. This means you and your neighbours decide what security measures to take, because you know your community needs best. A Neighbourhood Watch scheme can cover a whole estate, a village or just a few houses. Neighbours look out for each other and report problems around their homes. The schemes can really help community spirit, by bringing together residents. By creating a Neighbourhood Watch scheme burglars are far less likely to target your area and they help to prevent it from becoming a ‘crime hotspot’.