In Estonia we use the following model to start with neighbourhood watch (NHW):
- NHW meeting – initiated by the people/NGO Estonian Neighbourhood Watch (ENHW)/local government etc.
- Collecting the data of neighbours. We use a simple formula where the neighbours can write down their contact data.
- Signing the NHW contract. It is co-operation contract between four parties - NHW sector, the police, the local government and ENHW. The contract is a joint agreement that all parties will make an effort to create more safety in this area and work in close co-operation. The contract is signed by the highest positions of the parties – NHW sector leader (elected by the members of the NHW sector), the mayor, the head of the police in the district and the managing director of the ENHW.
- Signs and toolkits. Every NHW district receives from ENHW the necessary number of NHW signs. Every NHW member receives also NHW toolkit which consists of different information material about safety and crime prevention. Most important from the toolkit are NHW stickers, the paper with important numbers and NHW guide.
After the agreement - if you see something suspicious, you do react!