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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. OWL was recently featured on BBC Crimewatch. (Watch clip)

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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, West Yorkshire and Kensington and Chelsea.

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

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

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, makes people feel safer, and even catches suspects. The video below shows just one of many ways OWL can keep you safe.

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OWL News

24 Feb 15: Missing child quickly found by watch member in Herts after alert sent via OWL to 5,000 members in the area.
4 Dec 14: Drug dealer with machete in pub fight sentenced to 3.5 years after being identified by an OWL member from CCTV image.
21 Nov 14: OWL has launched across all of West Yorkshire and also in Kensington and Chelsea (London).
2 Nov 14: Missing dementia sufferer found in Welwyn Hatfield by OWL member shortly after appeal was sent out with photo.
2 Jul 14: Crimewatch on BBC1 featured OWL! Here's a short video clip.
24 Jun 14: Bedfordshire man arrested for using an air rifle to shoot CCTV cameras in St Albans. Appeal via OWL helped identify him.
6 Jun 14: Man arrested in Hatfield in connection with 2 indecent assaults after a good result from an OWL appeal.
8 Apr 14: Farm crime reduced by 27% in just 5 months using OWL. Video explains Farm Watch success.
2 Apr 14: British Transport Police recognise OWL with National Metal Theft Taskforce award to PCSO Allan Mills.
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.
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.