Rural Watch Scotland aims to reduce crime

“Rural Watch Scotland” is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland movement aimed specifically at rural communities, like those around Kintore.

Rural Watch aims to bring all the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch to all rural communities. It is endorsed by the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC).

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Rural watch is an online community for any member of the public where appeals, crime prevention tips and safety alerts can be posted by those who subscribe. These can be viewed by all members.

Subscription is free and the sharing of information on the forum is a great example of real time crime prevention in action.

The objectives of Rural Watch Scotland are to:
  • Reduce crime and the fear of crime by providing the right information, to the right people, at the right time.
  • Encourage people to think about the safety and security for themselves, their neighbours and their community.
  • Improve community cohesion and well-being by supporting communities to develop ‘their watch” their way.
  • Work in partnership with national and local service providers to develop more resilient communities that are better prepared against threats, intentional or unintentional, such as crime or extreme weather.



The experience of Neighbourhood Watch throughout Scotland and elsewhere across the world is that members of Rural Watch Scotland will be less likely than non-members in the rural community to be a victim of crime.

By joining the Rural Watch Scotland scheme members can receive alerts and advice by phone, text, or email.

By keeping members informed about crime and other threats in specific areas, Rural Watch Scotland can help prevent crime, keep communities and residents safe and member’s responses to these alerts can help catch criminals or be better prepared to deal with other threats to communities.

To join Rural Watch Scotland go www.ruralwatchscotland.co.uk and click the green JOIN button at the top of the page. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
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