Southgate Street Watch is a police-backed patrol implemented by a local N14 parent in light of the worrying rise in children being mugged after school near the tube stations, bus stops and on the streets. With Enfield currently having the highest rate of serious youth violence in the capital; school children being threatened and robbed has almost become normalised.
On Tuesday 10th December 2019, a Year 10 student was subjected to a nasty attack outside Southgate tube station on his way home from school. Sadly, the student was one of a number reported to the school that week.
Southgate Street Watch is a patrol based initiative that is led by the community for the community. The Police-backed scheme brings people together to help make the streets safer for everyone. They have been well received in the community with strong support from the local businesses, parents, residents and schools. The scheme has already established a group of volunteers who have had successful patrols alongside the Police in Southgate. However, the aim is to patrol more frequently after school. The volunteers are vetted, insured and receive induction training before they start. They provide a visible presence and report anything suspicious in the neighbourhood.
The Street Watch organisers are still looking for more volunteers to help increase the patrols. If you have a couple of hours or whatever time you can spare and wish to volunteer or find out more about the scheme email: