and become part of Neighbourhood Watch
Want to help make your neighbourhood safer, stronger and more active?
Get involved with us
At Neighbourhood Watch Victoria we do loads of good things to help people feel safer, more connected to their community and enjoy a better quality of life. And there are heaps of ways you can get involved:
Who can join Neighbourhood Watch?
Anyone can become a member of Neighbourhood Watch. All we ask is that you’re committed to working alongside your neighbours and fellow community members to help make the place where you live safer, friendlier and more vibrant.
How much does membership cost?
It’s totally free to join.
Why do people join?
People get involved with Neighbourhood Watch for many different reasons, whether it’s to improve security around their home, wanting to make their neighbourhood safer, be part of a local group and meet new people or make a difference in their community. Neighbourhood Watch helps you connect with your neighbours and others within your community who share the same desires.
What are some of the benefits of joining?
- Regular updates via email about Neighbourhood Watch activities, crime prevention information and resources and news from our partners.
- Advice on how to join your local group or start a new group in your area, if it doesn’t already have one.
- Information on local crime statistics and trends for your area, along with information and updates on local issues and activities.
- Tips and advice on crime prevention, personal and home security, identifying and reporting suspicious behaviour and getting to know your neighbours
- Access to online forums and workshops, with a range of interesting guest speakers and presenters.
- Opportunities to volunteer your time and skills on a diverse range of activities and events to help make your community safer and friendlier.
- Access to a host of ready-made resources on crime prevention and building communities, so you are more equipped to help tackle important issues in your community.
What sorts of things would I do if I become a member?
There are roles in Neighbourhood Watch that cater for your skills, energy and interests. There literally is something for everyone. Some of the things you may do include:
- Directly support the police in reducing crime in your local area.
- Deliver newsletters to households in your area.
- Help at community events with distributing material and sharing information on Neighbourhood Watch, crime prevention, home security and personal safety.
- Assist with crime prevention activities such as installing theft-resistant screws on car number plates or engraving bikes and other valuables for easy identification.
- Help produce a Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for your local area.
- Help manage your group’s local Facebook page.
- Taking a management role in Neighbourhood Watch including being Chair, Secretary or Treasurer of a local group.
How much time do I need to commit?
How much of your time you give, is totally up to you.
3 types of support
There are 3 different categories of Neighbourhood Watch supporters.
- An interested member of the public (eg: attends Neighbourhood Watch meetings and events).
- A supporter/follower on social media.
- A member of the public who has subscribed to receive our email updates.
- A local business which supports Neighbourhood Watch.
These are active volunteers who
- Who undertake newsletter delivery or similar roles.
- Works under general supervision of an Accredited Member on Neighbourhood Watch projects.
This group covers more senior roles in Neighbourhood Watch as shown below. These volunteers must obtain a clear National Police Check (NPC).
- Chair, Area Coordinator, Manager
- Committee member
- State forum delegates from LGA groups
- Social Media Manager
- Web Administrator
- Project or Event Coordinator
- Members of the Neighbourhood Watch Victoria Board
- A volunteer engaged in any other activity for which the local group or the Board determines that a National Police Check is required.
We have more than 190 Neighbourhood Watch groups across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria. Find your nearest group here.
Thanks to our thousands of volunteers and groups in communities across Victoria, we’re able to share information, run events and activities, and work in partnership with Victoria Police and other local organisations to prevent crime and help people feel safer and more connected to their community.
Each group’s activities are based on what they can do, what makes the biggest impact in their community and the advice of local police.
Some of the programs and activities our groups undertake include:
- Creating and distributing community newsletters
- Safe Plate (installing theft-resistant screws in car number plates) events
- Community safety forums and expos
- Marking valuables to deter thefts
- Graffiti removal and prevention
- Sharing local crime data and crime prevention information
- Running junior Neighbourhood Watch programs in schools
- Running Neighbourhood Watch information stands and crime prevention activities
- Operating lost children services at local community events
Join us today
Take the first step in helping to make your neighbourhood a stronger and safer place to be.
Get in touch today. We’re ready to welcome you!