Details of local Watch schemes in Richmond and how to take part in or set up one.

Neighbourhood Watch

Richmond borough has over 700 Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Please contact your local police Safer Neighbourhood Team to find out if your home is in a Watch area or for help with setting one up.

If you are a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, you can register your scheme on the Our Watch website to help publicise it to other local residents.

The page on doorstep safety gives advice on bogus callers, doorstep sellers, other scams and on how to help vulnerable residents including the Nominated Neighbour scheme and no cold-calling zones.

For more information follow Richmond Neighbourhood Watch on Twitter at @nhwatchrichmond.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Street Briefings

All Safer Neighbourhood Teams hold regular street briefings to advise local residents about home security and any upcoming crime issues.

Visit the Safer Neighbourhood Team pages to find the latest briefing for your area.


Dogwatch is a joint Metropolitan Police Service and Richmond borough Community and Police Partnership (CPP) scheme which operates in several parks and commons in the borough. It is similar to Neighbourhood Watch but its members are the people who walk their dog regularly in an open space.

Members can report crime, graffiti, vandalism, fly tipping, injured wildlife etc encountered while walking, to the Police or Council as appropriate. The CPP provides each member with a card of useful contact numbers. There are active Dogwatch schemes in:

  • Barn Elms
  • Barnes Common
  • Bushy Park
  • East Sheen Common
  • Palewell Park
  • Richmond Park

Contact your local SNT, or Royal Parks Safer Parks Police in the case of Richmond or Bushy Parks, for more information.


The Riverwatch schemes have only recently been developed and do not yet operate in all riverine wards. In a similar vein to the Dogwatch schemes, the idea is for regular users of the river and riverbank to report issues to the Police or Council.

Twickenham Riverside, Ham and Petersham and Mortlake and Barnes Common Safer Neighbourhood Teams have currently established schemes.


Updated: 8 May 2018