About us

At Neighbourhood Watch, we’re all about neighbours working together to make our communities better, safer, friendlier places to live.

Our story

Neighbourhood Watch started in Victoria in 1983 when Victoria Police realised they couldn’t control Victoria’s rising crime rate alone – they needed the community to become involved in crime prevention, especially around home burglaries and thefts.

By 2013 we had transitioned from a Victoria Police program to an independent not-for-profitorganisation.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of tens of thousands of volunteers, working in partnership with their local police, Neighbourhood Watch has grown to become one of Australia’s most effective crime prevention programs.

Our milestones

June 1983

Pilot program launched

The first NHW group in Victoria is launched in Kananook, near Franskton.

July 1983

Logo unveiled

NHW’s famous 4 heads logo is designed and used for the first time.

March 1984

Victorian launch

Neighbourhood Watch is officially launched across Victoria.

December 2000

First website

The very first dedicated Neighbourhood Watch Website goes live.

June 2009

Police withdraw

Victoria Police starts to redirect police resources away from local NHW groups.

December 2012

First-time charity

Neighbourhood Watch is registered as a charity for the first time.

June 2013

Police partnership

Victoria Police partners with Neighbourhood Watch as our own independent organisation.

May 2017

New era

NHW is rejuvenated with a new CEO, a brand refresh and new tagline “Let’s watch out for each other”.

Our Team

Bambi Gordon



Bambi describes her role as “Chief Cranky Officer” – leading the team that aims to make crooks cranky and Victoria safe. Her career has taken her from marketing major media organisations, to running a small business helping other small businesses to grow, to this current phase aiming to make a difference to the safety and security of Victorians. When not busy with all things Neighbourhood Watch, Bambi enjoys watching “rubbish TV” and pottering with art and craft. She also never misses a chance to have a sing. She even once played piano with Liberace!! Bambi’s top crime prevention tip is to keep your house locked and your keys out of sight. And, yes, Bambi is her real name and, no, she wasn’t named after the Disney deer.

Nicoll Peschek

Manager, Administration and Members’ Services


Nicoll is the go-to person for all things relating to member services and governance. She supports our NHW groups with their activities, enquiries and member database management, organises training and forums, helps those wanting to start a new group and assists the Board. Having worked with several member organisations, Nicoll’s experience covers event management, communications, member services and governance. When not busy at work, Nicoll loves to unleash her creative side with painting, calligraphy, and other artsy pursuits. She dreams of entering the Archibald Prize one day, Her number one crime-prevention tip is to install one-way screws on your number plates to keep them safe and secure.

Adriana Sahrizan

Marketing and Content Lead


Adriana looks after all things marketing, content, social media, brand and communications. Her background includes specialising in Criminology and lead the marketing and operations for a specialty coffee brand. When not at work, you will probably either find Adriana lining up at the newest food spot in town with a matcha or a coffee in her hand. To balance out her "foodie lifestyle", she enjoys the active sports lifestyles by going for pilates, bouldering and spinning while probably watching the WSL Football League in the background. She has also ran a half marathon twice for charity! Her number one crime prevention tip is to never click on unknown links that you are not familiar with.

Arsh Singh

Community Engagement Officer


Arsh looks after our community events, providing an important link to the Victorian community and a friendly public face for Neighbourhood Watch! With a background in customer service and relationship building, Arsh knows how to connect people and get things done. When he's not working, he volunteers with Neighbourhood Watch Whittlesea and is a first responder for Whittlesea SES, ready to help those in need. He’s also a dodgeball pro! He believes that locking your car doors when you’re driving gives you an extra level of security when out and about.

Our Community

Groups across Victoria
Individual Members
Social Media Followers
Local Government Areas

What our members say

Neighbourhood Watch is all about making your community safer and feel more connected. It’s about helping one another and being kind to your neighbours. It’s a great way to make new friends, connect with other residents in your community, understand and help each other, and feel like you’re making a difference – and it makes you feel satisfied!
Sanjay Sethi, 
Neighbourhood Watch Tarneit Central
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Neighbourhood Watch Victoria acknowledges the 38 mobs, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, live, and gather as employees and volunteers. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

At Neighbourhood Watch, we believe everyone has the right to feel safe and welcome. We are committed to ensuring diversity, inclusion and equity are embedded throughout our organisation – in the work we do, the services we deliver and among our staff, volunteers, and the communities we work with.