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 35 years the program has been successful in preventing crime and there are now Neighbourhood Watch groups servicing both city and rural locations in more than half of the 79 Local Government Areas. There are a further (estimated) 70,000 people connecting to Neighbourhood Watch Facebook Pages and Groups across the State.

Under Additional Resources is a document created by Mr Tom Newman OAM which chronicles the beginnings of Neighbourhood Watch in Victoria between 1984 and 1987.

Vision & Mission Statement

Vision Statement

Connected, informed and empowered communities in which people feel safe and secure.

Mission Statement

To be a vibrant, inclusive and effective organisation that improves the safety and security of community life across Victoria. We do this by supporting our members and partners in promoting crime prevention, resilient communities and social inclusion.