The first Shomrim patrols were founded in the 1970s in New York in response to high crime rates and violence against the Jewish community. Since then, Shomrim institutions have spread around the world and become a characteristic feature of orthodox Jewish communities around the globe. Shomrim of Stamford Hill was founded in 2008. Since then, it has grown into a pillar of the local community, taking on new responsibilities working closely with the police and Local Authority, to promote crime prevention, child safeguarding and public safety. Shomrim’s fast response times, expertise in working with local people, and dedication to making the entire community safer have helped it overcome scepticism and win the trust and respect of politicians, the police, and the community at large.
London Shomrim’s 26 regular volunteers operate patrols six evenings a week and can call upon 500 further volunteers in the event of a major incident, such as to locate a missing person. Patrols operate in the wards of Brownswood, Stoke Newington, Central Stamford Hill West, Woodbury Down, Springfield, Cazenove, Leabridge, Hackney Downs, and Seven Sisters and our hotline is operational 24 hours a day. We are constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of the Stamford Hill area, combating rising knife crime, and assisting the local Islamic community to protect itself from violence.The history of London Shomrim