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Canal Watch

We are lucky in the Borough to have the Basingstoke Canal which provides a vital greenspace amenity for residents and visitors alike to use.

To help protect the canal and to keep its users safe, in April 2021, Surrey Police, in collaboration with Woking Borough Council, Neighbourhood Watch, Basingstoke Canal Authority and the Basingstoke Canal Society launched Canal Watch, an initiative where community volunteers, through either undertaking specific patrols, or through their general use of the canal towpath, reported any suspicious incidents, anti-social behaviour or degradation of the towpath to the police or relevant authority.


If you are a user of the canal and/or its towpath and would like to be involved in helping look after this vital amenity, and are interested in joining Canal Watch then please contact us at

Woking@surrey.police.uk  noting Canal Watch in the subject and one of our officers involved with Canal Watch will be in touch with further information.




PCSO Robert Freeman

Woking Safer Neighbourhood Team,

Surrey Police,



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