Disc: power to the Neighbourhood Watch people!
Brian Lowe started in Neighbourhood Watch 17 years ago, when he set up a scheme to cover his own street.
In the years that followed, he became vice chair of his district association and chair of the Warwickshire County associations. He also went on to chair the West Midlands regional association and became a trustee of the National Neighbourhood Watch association.
This year, Brian and his wife were both awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours list for their 'work in volunteering in policing and in Neighbourhood Watch in Warwickshire'. Today, Brian is treasurer of the Nuneaton & Bedworth Neighbourhood Watch association, one of five associations which make up the Warwickshire County Neighbourhood Watch association of which he is vice chair. He is also still coordinator for the same local Neighbourhood Watch scheme he set up 17 years ago.
Brian has operated at virtually every level within the Neighbourhood Watch movement, which represents as many as 7 million householders throughout the UK. Yet he is emphatic that Neighbourhood Watch is run not on the basis of command and control from above, but in quite the opposite direction. "The millions of people who make up Neighbourhood Watches throughout the country run the system," he says, "not the people at the top."