Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever; it’s all about getting together with your neighbours to take action to cut local crime. Through forming an active partnership with the local police Neighbourhood Watch can effectively do the following:

  • Cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • Help and reassure those who live in fear of crime
  • Encourage neighbourliness and a community spirit

The Neighbourhood Watch scheme works in Preston in the following way: a committee has been set up consisting of 10 members, who are all residents of the village and prepared to give up their valuable time to keep everyone informed of local incidents that could have an impact on our village.

The names of the committee are as follows:
Ita Leaver Butchers Lane (Upper), Charlton Road (Lower), Templars Lane, Hitchin Rd and outlying areas.
Tim Justham Chequers Lane (Lower)
Lynda Woodward Chequers Lane (Upper)
Pat Loustau Butchers Lane (up to The Willows)
Jane Cole Church Lane
Alison Bierrum Back Lane
Ian Robinson Princess Helena College
Brenda Reintjes Crunnells Green/School Lane
Jenny Murray Ladygrove and Hitchwood Cottages
Carol Bowden The Green

To contact the committee please follow this link to our Contact Us form.

The Police incident numbers are as follows:

In the event of an emergency or if you witness a crime actually taking place call 999.

For all non-emergencies including witnessing of fly-tipping please call  101 or  01707 354000.For the removal of fly-tipping, then ring Veolia on  0800 328 6023.

PC Claire Ross is our Ward Constable and PCSO Heather Burrows is our Community Support Officer. They are responsible for dealing with local community issues in Preston and can be contacted on 01438 757604.

Claire is also available on 01438 757604 or

and Heather on 07740 745168 or

These phone numbers also appear every month in the parish newsletter. Our Safer Neighbourhood Team carry out police surgeries in Preston and the surrounding villages on a regular basis. The dates of which are on the village notice board, in the Parish Newsletter and on this website.

Want to know what’s going on in your neighbourhood?

Information regarding local crime is sent from Herts Police using the “OWL” system, which sends messages via e-mail or telephone to the members of the NW committee who then relay that information on to everyone in their designated area.

You can sign up to OWL to receive updates direct to your e-mail about what is going on in your local area. Simply visit to sign up, or contact your local PCSO Heather on  07847 364955 or

Find out more

You can find out more by:

Also check out these links below.

Hertfordshire Crime Prevention,    Hertfordshire Police,    Stevenage Neighbourhood Watch.