A Review of the Effectiveness of Neighbourhood Watch

Trevor Bennett, Katy Holloway, David P Farrington

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    The current paper presents the results of a systematic review of evaluations of neighbourhood watch. The review was conducted as part of the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group research on the effectiveness of criminal justice interventions. The main fi nding of the review was that about half of the schemes evaluated showed that neighbourhood watch was effective in reducing crime. However, just under half showed no evidence of success. An analysis of variations in outcome by features of the study, methods used and type of scheme showed some correlations with outcome. The paper concludes that future evaluation reports of neighbourhood watch should present more information on the features of the schemes and the method of analysis used to determine the source of variations in outcome, and to enable systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143 - 155
    Number of pages12
    JournalSecurity Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2009


    • neighbourhood watch
    • effectiveness
    • crime reduction
    • systematic review
    • meta-analysis


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