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 on June 15, 1983 in Kananook, a suburb of Frankston.

For 39 years the program has been successful in preventing crime and there are now Neighbourhood Watch groups servicing metropolitan, regional and rural locations in 55 of the 79 Local Government Areas in Victoria. There are also more than 145,000 people connecting to Neighbourhood Watch through Facebook pages and groups across the state.

Read An early history of Neighbourhood Watch by Mr Tom Newman OAM which chronicles the beginnings of Neighbourhood Watch in Victoria between 1984 and 1987.