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Welcome to the Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Association

The Association has been operating since 1990 and covers the town of Alresford and outlying rural villages. King's Worthy and Headbourne Worthy are also part of Alresford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association, although they now receive Police cover from Winchester.The Association was the first in Hampshire to cover the whole of a town and there are now over 200 voluntary Co-ordinators responsible for households in the territory.

There is a voluntary Committee which meets with the Police quarterly and an emergency cascade system whereby urgent messages can be passed from the Police to the Committee, Co-ordinators and to individual households. Other communication is by way of regular letters and by press reports. A printed Newsletter is issued to householders several times a year, see links above. An AGM is held, which is open to the public.

The concept of Neighbourhood Watch was brought to the UK in 1982 from the United States by a group of police officers who had visited Chicago. The first scheme was set up in the village of Mollington in Cheshire in response to a spate of burglaries and was an immediate success, leading to rapid growth countrywide during the eighties.

The main aims of Neighbourhood Watch schemes are:

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK and the best known and most effective example of the community working together to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve quality of life.

Over 160,000 Neighbourhood Watch schemes now operate throughout the United Kingdom, covering up to 25% of all households.


Mention that you are in an active Neighbourhood Watch area when placing calls.

EMERGENCY 999 Crime in progress
Life in danger
Violence being used

Report minor crime
Abandoned vehicles
Street lighting
Anti social behaviour
Contact Police officer
Leave messages

As there is no front office at the new Alresford Police station, please call 101 for non-emergency contact.
Winchester & East Hants Neighbourhood Watch website-
Hampshire Constabulary website
Alresford & District N W website