Neighbourhood Watch in Victoria was started when it was realised that the Police alone could not control the rising crime rate, in particular burglary and related thefts. The support of the public was sought to help reduce crimes such as burglary and theft which resulted in a pilot area opened in 1983 in Kananook, a suburb of Frankston.
The program has been so successful in preventing crime that there are now 1,300 Neighbourhood Watch areas servicing both city and rural locations and totalling more than 900,000 households. 2.8 million people in Victoria live in Neighbourhood Watch areas which is approximately half the population.
An early history of Neighbourhood Watch beginnings from 1984 to 1987 in Victoria by Mr Tom Newman OAM, is available for download here.