Neighbourhood Watch NHW alerts & messages Get Started with Your Neighbourhood Watch or Business Watch

OWL keeps communities safe, helps reduce crime and keeps people informed of what's going on locally. It's a shared, secure platform for the public and local authorities to maximise the potential of Neighbourhood Watch, Rural Watch, Business Watch and dozens of other schemes. OWL sends you the latest local crime alerts and provides management tools for maintaining and expanding watches.

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Find your NHW (Neighbourhood Watch) Find Your Nearest Watch Scheme

Register for free or get in touch with your nearest watch. Select the scheme you're intersted in and type in your residential or business postcode. OWL currently operates in the following locations: Hertfordshire, Staffordshire, Gwent, North Wales, Carmarthenshire and Bradford.

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OWL supports over 60 different types of residential & business schemes. Only a few are listed above and varies between counties.

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OWL Has National Police Approval

OWL is the first communications system to have become an approved member of Secured by Design, an initiative from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to reduce crime.

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Making Neighbourhood Watch and your messages secure From the login page, all data sent between your computer and OWL will be securely encrypted over the Internet. Please keep your OWL password a secret and never disclose it to anyone, not even police or OWL staff.

OWL success stories through NHW and other watch schemes Good Communication Leads to Good Success Stories

Find out how OWL has helped find suspects, brought offenders to justice, found missing people, and more...

How does OWL help?

Local authorities send out alerts via OWL about crime & local issues happening right now in your area. It helps prevent burglary, finds missing people and even catches suspects. Watch the video below to see just one of many ways OWL can keep you safe.

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OWL News

8 Apr 14: Farm crime reduced by 27% in just 5 months using OWL. Video released to explain Farm Watch success.
2 Apr 14: British Transport Police recognise OWL with National Metal Theft Taskforce award to PCSO Allan Mills.
8 Feb 14: Welwyn Hatfield watch members received calls from police imposters but knew this was a scam thanks to local police alerting members via OWL.
18 Dec 13: Police raids recover huge haul of goods including a £20K digger. Men arrested for drugs and firearms offences. Thanks to intel from public via OWL.
15 Dec 13: A Tesco store was burgled and 3 arrests were made the same day after an OWL appeal prompted tip-offs from watch members.
26 Nov 13: Asbestos fly-tipper caught in Gwent thanks to watch members receiving an OWL alert. Driver arrested, vehicle to be crushed.
2 Oct 13: Missing child found well in Staffs thanks to lady who saw the OWL alert and called police just 10 mins after the alert went out.
24 Aug 13: Kate Russell takes a look at OWL on BBC Click. Watch a clip here.
10 Jun 13: OWL received award from the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street in recognition of crime reduction and empowering communities.


e-Government National Awards 2008 WINNERe-Government National Awards 2008 Winner: Innovation in local strategy
Prime Minister gives Big Society Award to OWLAwarded by the Prime Minister for reducing crime & empowering communities.
British Chamber of Commerce Regional WinnerBritish Chamber of Commerce Winner for East of England.
Britain's Digital Elite awarded for OWLWinner of Britain's Digital Elite awarded by Microsoft & Real Business.
Network Wales AwardsNetwork Wales Awards 2010, runner up for Best Communications.
Hertfordshire Business Awards, Best Business WebsiteWinner of Best Website & finalist of Creative Innovation.
Join your local watch scheme to help keep yourself, your home and your neighbourhood safe. The most successful schemes in the UK are managed using OWL. It's free and quick to join and your details are kept secure. OWL has national police approval and makes a genuine difference to your community. If you're a coordinator you can manage your own watch using OWL. Type in your postcode below to check if there's a nearby watch or to register now.
Great! If your details have been registered and approved you should have received a welcome email and a password. Go to the Login page and follow the instructions.
Are you looking to reinvigorate your watch schemes, to increase local engagement with communities, to build trust and confidence and reduce crime? OWL has proven to do all this and more. Itís used by over 1,000 police & local government staff including Trading Standards, Fire & Rescue, housing, schools and licencing officers. Itís the only messaging system to have won national Government awards for its innovation, crime reduction and ability to strengthen communities. Contact us for full details and case studies.