Neighbourhood watch (also known as block watch, apartment watch, home watch, citizen alert and community watch) is a crime prevention programme that aims to reduce residential burglary by encouraging neighbours to look out for suspicious activities and report these to the police. It is intended that increased neighbourhood surveillance will deter potential offenders by altering their perceptions of the area and decision making. It might also reduce crime by enhancing informal social control and improving police detection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sage Dictionary of Policing
EditorsAlison Wakefield, Jenny Fleming
PublisherSAGE Publications
Pages204-206
ISBN (Print)9781412930994
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

    Research areas

  • neighbourhood watch, evaluation, crime, prevention

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