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The Concept of Neighbourhood Watch

Belmont & South Wye


Golden Valley

Hereford City Northside

Hereford City Southside & Rural

Hereford Rural

Kington & Weobley




Rural Watch Briefings

About to Start a New Watch Scheme?

NW Street Signs

CSO Cycle Project

Contact the Police by phone

Herefordshire Rural Watch

Caravan Security

New Seatbelt Regulations

Doorstep Conmen

Important Messages to all Hfds NHW Co-ordinators

Domestic Oil Tanks

Keeping Communities Safe!

Hereford City Northside

Links for Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch

Mail Form



This website, kindly provided by Newsquest Media Group Ltd., aims to bring to the public attention all aspects of Neighbourhood Watch as they relate to a safer community life. Its main interest will be focussed on Herefordshire, but will also glean information from beyond the County's boundaries and publish relevant information given by the National Neighbourhood Watch Association.

In close cooperation with West Mercia Constabulary this website will highlight questions and advice regarding neighbourhood safety, home security, current crime trends, special events in which Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association is involved, and also provide links to other Neighbourhood Watch related websites. The list of related sites will gradually grow. To find out more, click on
Links for Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association

In order to make and maintain this site up-to-date it relies on information from the many hundreds of Neighbourhood Watches throughout the County. If you have any information that you deem of importance, please pass it on to me so it can be included in the website. The e-mail link provided will channel your message directly to me.

I am certain that with your help and the assistance from West Mercia Constabulary this site will grow and hopefully play its part in making life and property in Herefordshire even more safe.

From time to time, information taken from the National Neighbourhood Watch Association quarterly news letter will appear on this website, where appropriate. Inbetween, NNWA can always be reached by clicking on the direct link below.

Lottery Grant

Towards the end of February 2008 it was announced that Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
has been awarded a
Lottery Grant of £10,000.00.

Juergen Koenigsbeck, Website Editor


Letter from the Chairman

Once again it has been brought to my notice that our elderly residents are reluctant to go out for the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour, which in turn is isolating them in their homes. They are not alone in this assumption as some of our teenagers whom I have spoken to feel the same. In actual fact, the crime figures in the Belmont adn South Wye area are one of the lowest in Hereford.

As most people are aware I am Chairman of the Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association. We have over 500 Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators who do an excellent job with other volunteers in their street or village to combat the fear of crime by 'looking out for each other' and coming together once a month for coffee and a chat, also inviting their Local Police Officer or CSO (Community Support Officer) to join them to exchange information as to what is happening, if anything, in their areas. This in itself has helped to allay any fears for our elderly folk knowing someone is only a phone call away. I have found it has brought a sense of togetherness and of belonging to the community you live in. I have helped people to start a new Neighbourhood Watch in Newton Farm and Hunderton. If you would like more information in becoming a co-ordinator in your street, you can contact me on 01432-360456.

The Neighbourhood Watch Association has in the past six months successfully obtained a grant from the West Mercia Police Authority BCU fund, and I would like to thank them for their support. This has enabled us to form a Steering Group which has taken over the responsibility for the strategic management of NHW in Herefordshire. The Steering Group is mad up from NHW co-ordinators who represent the following Policing Areas:

Kington, Ledbury,Leominster, Bromyard, Ross-on-Wye,
Golden Valley, Hereford City and Hereford Rural.

Our first job was to call an AGM to elect eight people from the above Policing Areas to make up the Committee. Our main thrust will be communication with all co-ordinators and to support them on the ground in their area.

The group is managed by constitution, has a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. These posts were the subject of re-election at the group's AGM on 23rd January 2008, with two new people standing for election. All co-ordinators received our first newsletter through the post ten days after the AGM.

Cllr Glenda Powell, Chairman

New Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association

Over the past 22 years, since Neighbourhood Watch came into being in the village of Monnington, near Chester, many changes – social and political – have taken place. Neighbourhood Watch has come to the stage where it has to adapt to these changes in order to stay effective in its stand against crime and give those in its grassroots level a greater say in how the organisation is run.

A new tier of Regional Neighbourhood Watch Associations is already being established on Regional Government Office lines with Kent and the South East, The West Country, Humberside, The North East, and the West Midlands – encompassing Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands already in place and other regions, including Scotland, being set up.

Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch falls in the area of West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch Association, which in all is made up of 13 Area Associations, each closely aligned with Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) areas. Each Area Association has its representatives to the West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch Association. However, to be fully effective and to gain the most benefits within the West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch Association it was imperative that Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch, as it has been up to now, becomes the Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association – a Company Limited By Guarantee.

The Inaugural Meeting of the new Association was held in May 2005 and the newly elected Committee met for its first full meeting early in July 2005.

As much as I can at this time, I will be happy to give more detailed information as to what has happened within the West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch Association so far, or try to find out any further relevant information. Please, get in touch with me through this website’s e-mail facility or by phoning me.

Your support will be needed and much appreciated.

Juergen Koenigsbeck
Tel: 01432 279923


From Monday 3rd November our new non emergency number will be 0300 333 3000. Our current number will still be available and arrangements are in hand to make the necessary changes to telephone directories and other advertising mediums.


03 is included in the range of numbers offered by most telephony suppliers in their low rate call packages and in some instances free depending on time of day calls are made.

0300 333 3000 is considered a more memorable number.

Little or no likelihood that our new number will move to a higher cost bracket in the future.

This change is to meet the public demand and shows the "responsive" nature of West Mercia Constabulary in line with the Citizen Focus agenda.

Our existing number will still be available for some considerable time and this will be phased out once there is clear evidence that our communication and marketing plans have been successful and that the public are fully utilising 0300 333 3000.

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Introduction |The Concept of Neighbourhood Watch |Belmont & South Wye |Bromyard |Golden Valley |Hereford City Northside |Hereford City Southside & Rural |Hereford Rural |Kington & Weobley |Ledbury |Leominster |Ross-on-Wye |Rural Watch Briefings |About to Start a New Watch Scheme? |NW Street Signs |CSO Cycle Project |Contact the Police by phone |Herefordshire Rural Watch |Caravan Security |New Seatbelt Regulations |Doorstep Conmen |Important Messages to all Hfds NHW Co-ordinators |Domestic Oil Tanks |Keeping Communities Safe! |Hereford City Northside |Links for Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch |Mail Form