Natteravnene -The Night Owls description
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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The five golden rules
The work of Natteravnene (the Night Owls) is
performed voluntarily by adults, in cooperation
with local social welfare and educational
authorities, the police, and business contacts.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) are visible and
keep their eyes open. They always avoid
intervening in disturbances, etc. - but call
professional help if necessary.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) always walk round
in groups of three, wearing their “trademark”,
the yellow jackets. Both men and women -
irrespective of their ethnic background - are
encouraged to take part.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) are always
outdoors, they never enter the clubs, pubs,
discotheques, etc. where young people meet to
Natteravnene (Night Owls) are always ready to
listen and talk to youngsters - when asked -
without preaching. If necessary, they rely on
professional help or contact parents.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) are always willing
to help youngsters find their way home to
friends or family. They never do this alone -
and never give loans.
Their main purpose is to be out and about among
youngsters and by responsible action help prevent
violence, vandalism, thoughtlessness and crime.
“Citizens meetings” are often held to inform new
Natteravne (Night Owls) and maintain contact
with other interests such as schools, associations,
companies and public bodies.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) are offered courses on
the ethics, skills and knowledge which will enable
them show their presence and help in the best way
possible. The courses also inform Natteravnene
(Night Owls) about the work of the social welfare
and educational services, and the preventive
duties of the police.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) are encouraged to
carry a personal identification card.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) can be any responsible
adult, irrespective of age, gender, physical
disability, religion, political affiliation, or ethnic
Information on Natteravnene (the Night Owls) can
be obtained from the Internet on:
If you would like to know more about “walking
around town as a sign of assurance”, call
Natteravnene ( the Night Owls) on
(+45) 70 12 12 99.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) stand
for more peace of mind in the locality.
Their work is:
- good for youngsters
- good for you
- good for your town
Natteravnene (Night Owls)
Tel.: (+45) 70 12 12 99
- “the people in the yellow jackets …”
Natteravnene ("Night Owls") are ordinary grown-
up people more than willing to spend time and
effort in making the town a safer and better place,
and who, with the backing of the local authorities,
wish to help youngsters enjoy the amenities in the
area in a happier and more secure atmosphere.
All responsible adults can take part, the only
condition being that they are able to set a good
example for youngsters.
The work is limited, in line with the wishes of par-
ticipants (they can volunteer for duty from, say,
once a month to once a year) and consists of walk-
ing through the area in threes, wearing special yel-
low jackets. They are often asked to do this in the
late evening and at night, and by making
themselves visible in this way help to create more
peace of mind among people in the area.
Night Owls are not a security corps; they are
definitely not an arm of officialdom.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) can be seen mainly on
Friday and Saturday nights, and on public holidays
or market days when youngsters are “out and
Experience from the whole of Scandinavia shows
that the work of Natteravnene (Night Owls)
increases the feeling of neighbourhood security.
Their presence normally damps down over-
exuberance, and youngsters appreciate the
interest and concern shown in them.
Natteravnene (Night Owls) do not intervene in
disturbances, but observe and are ready to help.
They can, via their mobile telephones, call
parents, an ambulance or the police if there is
Natteravnene (Night Owls) are offered courses
in dealing with events on the streets. Subjects
include first aid, the behaviour/psychology of
young people, the effect of stimulants, the
dividing line between their own work and that
of official bodies, how police stations operate,
Natteravnene (A Night Owl) is an adult who
has a sense of responsibility, is willing to
listen, has a positive attitude, and is well-
intentioned and honest.
A little effort has great effect
It is important that the largest possible number
of local people, parents and grandparents - men
and women - take part. In this way, individuals
need not be called on so often; more people gain
the opportunity of meeting youngsters on their
own ground and share the responsibility for
them outside their own homes. It is this vital
that the organisation never becomes dominated
by “old faithfuls”, but that as many people as
possible take part and become ambassadors for
Years of Scandinavian experience to draw on
The idea behind Natteravnene (the Night Owls)
was developed by Skandia Insurance on the basis
of experience in co-operating with social
organisations in Sweden since the end of the
Over 100,000 volunteers in more than 650 towns
throughout Sweden and Norway have taken part.
The work resulted in happier youngsters and a
significant drop (up to 50%) in the official
figures on violence and vandalism.
The Night Owl organisation in Denmark was
started in 1998. Every month new towns and
new members are adopting the idea.
Contact with established organisations can be
arranged by calling (45) 70 12 12 99.
Cooperation across organisations
Natteravnene (Night Owls) cannot solve the
problem alone. First and foremost it is parents
and the youngsters themselves who must take
greater responsibility. Natteravnene (The Night
Owls) are very pleased with the good cooperation
they receive from local authorities, the police and
other various “sponsors”.