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Neighbourhood watch - a Festive message

In the first Christmas/New Year message of a series, Peterborough's Neighbourhood Watch Communities urge people to get involved in the initiative

It’s been a difficult year despite lockdown easing, with rising levels of domestic violence, ongoing separation from loved ones and travel restrictions.

As we move closer to Christmas many of us are looking forward to quality time off to spend time with friends and family.

The Neighbourhood Watch Community is one such family and 2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Peterborough Neighbourhood Watch Association an additional 21 watches with 450 households established across Peterborough throughout the year.

As we anticipate our Christmas Dinners and the Queens speech, this is far from the time of rest and recuperation for criminals; they too will be Christmas shopping, at your expense.

Neighbourhood Watch acts as the eyes and ears of the community, helping support the police to stamp out crime but it’s also a touch point for neighbours too. It aims to create a cohesive, safe, and happy place and to help promote a high quality of life for everyone that lives within an area.

Christmas especially is a time to think of our Watch family. It’s a time to check in on neighbours who might be alone, posting a card or offering a cuppa and a warm smile from someone local to brighten their day. And as it gets colder, it’s the opportunity to offer to pick up groceries for someone less mobile.

But it’s not just the old. Covid 19 has created the work from home generation, building feelings of isolation which has negatively impacted mental health in all age groups.

Many have been cut off from fellow colleagues, working from sofas and in cramped bedrooms. Being a neighbourhood watch community means reconnecting with those people too...taking time to stop, say hello, chat or walk with someone, share mince pies over a fence, or gather with previous strangers over mulled wine.

Remember the clap for the NHS on Thursdays? Being part of NW is also about behaving responsibility. Keeping valuables out of sight, locking car doors and leaving lights on when out.

Dawn Spiby from Park Crescent, our most recent Neighbourhood Watch said, “We all joined neighbourhood watch to become part of a family. A family in which we look out for each other, support each other and promote wellbeing. It’s what knits us together in the community. Priceless."

Joan from Thorney said, “We shared the leaflets with neighbours, this alone got us all talking, many for the first time. It’s great we all talk to each other and say good morning now. I should have done it years ago.”

#Cambridgeshire police have loads of handy tips right here and by taking a few preventative steps we can all enjoy a happy Christmas.

You too can make a difference, connect with your neighbours, build that festive spirit and simply help a little.

After 40 years and still going strong- you can join neighbourhood watch where you live, it's straightforward, free - simply sign up at

You can join as a member or have your own neighbour group of at least four is recommended.

Once registered do let the local team know at or call the Peterborough Neighbourhood Watch Line Tel. 0 74 74 002 392 between 10am to 4pm.

If you would like to see 2022 start with a positive beginning, join our Neighbourhood Watch community, become part of the family who care, share and connect. Our ever growing family would be pleased to have you on board.

Simply register on and in the meantime, be alert, be safe, be together and be happy. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from our 7000 members.