UK: Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk

1. Implementation procedure

Name of the institution running website/application:Neighbourhood & Home Watch
Type of the institution running website/application:

an implementation carried out by a non-governmental institution or a private entity

Source of financing:

public resources - local governments and other local authorities,

private resources – foundations, associations

Year of launching the website/application: no data
Service's/application's rating:

2. Implementation's characteristics

Neighbourhood Watch is a website started by an NGO – Neighbourhood & Home Watch. Its main objective was to create a tool (instruments and procedures) for effective cooperation between institutions and citizens in security and public order in the UK. The project is based on effective cooperation between citizens, local authorities, as well as the police.

The project is addressed to three groups of beneficiaries:

  • citizens – searching for local schemes, useful local contacts, safety tips, local news and events, and a way to initiate a new system;
  • institutions – informing and collecting local tips concerning crime, news and events, enabling communication for all groups, having resources and tools necessary for cooperation;
  • coordinators – having maps of systems and databases, sending messages, making crime statistics and reporting events.

 

The application works in the UK. Each region is represented by one or more representatives – volunteers and deputies of a region, who are responsible for maintaining contacts with residents who are members of the public and members of the system.

People visiting the website can (having entered their postal code) search for information whether, in a particular area, there are any local structures/social projects, as well as learn about community information, make local contacts and review a database of crime.
Members of the Neibourhood Watch can also create their own social project, search for a local police group, report crimes, or establishing cooperation with a local police group to build a safe environment.
The application can be used by two types of users: registered and unregistered. Having an account allows access to materials such as posters, leaflets, templates, which can be downloaded for free. The website also contains tips on safety and crime prevention.

 

The website is integrated with portals such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Homepage

Homepage

Website enabling searching for (by means of a postal code) local neighbourhood, community information, local contacts and crime data

Website for searching projects at a given localization

Website for searching projects at a given localization

Website for searching events of criminal character in a given area

Website for searching events of criminal character in a given area. It also presents results of investigation on each crime.

Website with information on the possibility to join Neighbourhood Watch, as well as possibility to find a local police group

Website with information on the possibility to join Neighbourhood Watch, as well as possibility to find a local police group

Users registration website

Users registration website

Website containing contact information with British Police

Website containing contact information with British Police

3. Detailed description categories

Type of the service's/application user:
  • G2C: citizens
The application service's usage area:
  • services: cooperation of institutions and citizens in the implementation of public tasks ("we inform, talk and cooperate")
A communication - an indication of all the media and dissemination
  • A website of the institution that provides application / solution eGov; includes a thematic section of the application
Access to the full functionality of the service
  1. Access to the service requires you to register your account on the site - registration requires a specific data
The service's/application's usage areas
  1. Safety: Reports to police/fire brigade, etc.
  2. The public consultation the government dialogue with citizens, eg. On infrastructure solutions
Forms of interaction with users:
  1. Social networks (connected with Fb, Twitter, etc.)
  2. Search engine
  3. Comments
Service's/Application's integration to social networking sites
  • Yes
Availability of service/application use instruction
Is the connection encrypted?
  • Yes

4. Service's/Application's integration with social networking sites

As for: 21.01.2015
Facebook number of fans: 830
Twitter number of followers: 10 400, number of tweets: 4 049
YouTube number of subscribers: 20, number of films: 26

5. Screen gallery