Shomrim NW London is a non profit voluntary organisation, established in 2008 following a large spate of burglaries and crime in the area.
Its dedicated team of unpaid male and female volunteer responders and telephone operators are made up from members of the local community regardless of ethnicity or religious affiliation.
Shomrim organisations around the world operate as a mobile neighbourhood watch and acts as eyes and ears to the local community and the Police Service.
Shomrim proactively patrol and operate primarily, but not exclusively in the areas of Golders Green, Childs Hill, Hendon, Finchley and Temple Fortune with nightly hi-vis patrolling vehicles that serve as a deterrent for criminals who may want to engage in criminal activity.
Shomrim’s 24 hr emergency response team are dispatched daily to incidents reported to the hotline. Volunteers communicate through a pan London two way radio system via a central controller.
Shomrim has the capability to deal with various scenarios including the locating of missing persons. Protocols are in place for full scale searches across the capital. Shomrim work very closely with other agencies and voluntary sector organisations.
Volunteers have completed training from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) in assisting to identify potential security threats and suspicious activity. Volunteers are also fully trained to the standard of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).
The SIA training course covered the following mandatory units: Introduction to the Security Industry, Roles and Responsibilities, Behavioural Standards, Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, UK Law, Arrest, Searching, Drug Awareness, Reporting, Emergencies & Fire Safety, Conflict Management, Communication Skills, Patrolling, Using Systems and other important items
Shomrim organisations have been set up in many Jewish neighbourhoods around the world to combat quality-of-life nuisance crimes. As a result of such patrols, criminals are more likely to be apprehended thereby leading to a lower level of criminal activity in the area, and provide a sense of safety & security for all members of the community.
We do not respond to domestic or business related issues. If you do have such a matter or criminal issue that needs intervention by a third party, please call our 24hr emergency hotline and the coordinator on duty will try to assist you in any way possible through the vast resources we have access to. All calls are treated with the strictest confidence and are dealt with absolute discretion.
The objective of Shomrim is to help the police reduce crime and help citizens feel safe within the Jewish community of North West London. The primary responsibility of the community patrols is to observe and report situations which may require a response by emergency personnel i.e. Police, Fire or Ambulance and to act as a mobile “neighbourhood watch”.
Shomrim volunteers patrolling by foot and in vehicles serve and act as an extension to the Metropolitan Police Service eyes and ears by report suspicious incidents and crimes within the community to the Police.
When Shomrim is dispatched to a scene of a crime, our volunteers then bridge the time gap between when Police are called and when Police attend. This enables Shomrim to follow suspects and preserve evidence until the arrival of Police .
The visible patrol vehicle serves as a deterrent for criminals who may wish to operate in the area.