The Association of Dorset Watches provides a pan Dorset umbrella organisation, which is able to offer advice and assistance to many individual groups.

Neighbourhood Watch sign and ADW logo with Blandford in background

ADW is made up of a large number of community Watch schemes. Together with the support of Dorset Police, the Watch schemes form a network.

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Should an incident happen, police are able to put out a message via their Dorset Alert system, which goes out to all registered members of the Watch schemes. This system is not only used for gathering information from the public, such as with missing persons and witness appeals but is also utilised when members of the community report suspicious behaviour in their area, to distribute important information from Dorset Police, etc.

An example of this is where police have a sighting of a suspicious vehicle circling around an area, a message will go out via Dorset Alert to ensure residents in that area are aware of the suspicious activity and help to prevent them falling victim to any potential crime.

Watch Types Included

  • Beach Hut Watch
  • Church Watch
  • Community Speed Watch
  • Country (Rural) Watch
  • Dog Watch
  • Harbour Watch
  • Hotel Watch
  • Neighbourhood (Home) Watch
  • Taxi Watch

What are the benefits of joining a Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch aims to:

  • Prevent and reduce crime in our neighbourhoods
  • Provide reassurance to people in our communities, especially the more vulnerable
  • Provide up-to-date crime prevention advice.
  • Encourage community members to be alert and watchful
  • Pass timely information from the police to the community (and vice versa) to help prevent and detect crime

The scheme aims to benefit both individuals and communities alike by offering:

  • Home insurance discounts for active members
  • Specialist crime reduction advice to improve home security
  • Regular communication and crime alerts from your local police
  • The reduced likelihood of falling victim to crime
  • Vigilant neighbours concerned with community safety
  • Community issues addressed by a collective voice


Public Liability insurance is not automatically in place for Watch Schemes but is available to members to cover Neighbourhood Watch events and activities. It has a Limit of Indemnity of £10,000,000 per claim plus legal costs, is in place to provide relevant cover for all recognised schemes and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers carrying out their roles across England and Wales. PLEASE CONTACT NATIONAL NHW FOR DETAILS Public liability insurance | Neighbourhood Watch Network (

The insurance is extended to include cover for Products Liability up to £10,000,000 a year, and Employer’s Liability. Neighbourhood Watch pays for this cover.

Local contact for the Association of Dorset Watches

 Chair: Pat Halliday  Email

 Facebook Association of Dorset Watches


Useful Links

How do I join a Watch Scheme?

Join us | Neighbourhood Watch Network (

How to become a member and join your local group (

I want to set up a watch scheme; where do I start?

Join us | Neighbourhood Watch Network (

Where can I get Watch stickers?

Get an uninvited trader door sticker – Dorset Council

Download a sticker image here: Dorset Council ocp.indd

How do we get Watch signs for our roads?

Community signs policy – Dorset Council

Do we need to be insured, and how do we get insurance for our scheme?

Public liability insurance | Neighbourhood Watch Network (

Do members of the schemes have to be DBS checked?

Knowledge Hub | Neighbourhood Watch Network (

Do watch schemes have regular meetings with the police?

Neighbourhood Watch | Dorset Police