What guides us

Our approach

Our approach focusses on the strength of our diverse communities, staff, volunteers and partners to work together to make our neighbourhoods, safer, happier and more inclusive places to live.

Our vision

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

Our mission

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.

Our values


We use our drive and commitment to energise, engage and inspire others.


We are consistently open, honest, ethical and genuine, building trust in our brand, organisation and people.


We recognise that a strong, resilient and peaceful society celebrates and encourages diversity of experience, culture, beliefs, language, gender and age.

Our objectives

We aim to:

  • Minimise the incidence of preventable crime.
  • Deter criminal activity by increasing the probability of apprehension.
  • Reduce the fear of crime.
  • Increase the reporting of crime and suspicious behaviour.
  • Improve the degree of personal and household security through education.
  • Expand the program’s involvement in wider community safety and crime prevention initiatives.

How do we do that:

  • Deliver comprehensive target hardening education programs tailored to the specific needs of young families and new Australians in Victoria.
  • Establish strong partnerships with Victoria Police and the State Government to jointly address crime prevention initiatives and drive impactful change.
  • Increase awareness of crime prevention strategies, address perceptions of crime and expectations of police, through targeted marketing and communication efforts
  • Actively engage with the target market, including young families and new Australians through culturally sensitive, interactive, and inclusive initiatives
  • Support local NHW Groups in their crime prevention activities
  • Regularly evaluate and measure the effectiveness of our programs to ensure continuous improvement and maximum impact

Our purpose

Providing strategic leadership to the affiliated Neighbourhood Watch groups in Victoria by:

  • Strengthening the partnership of police and community working together to prevent crime and improve the safety, security and the quality of life for all Victorians;
  • Coordinating the Neighbourhood Watch program, including the facilitation of information exchange between groups throughout the state of Victoria;
  • Identifying and developing best practice, evidence based crime prevention responses to ultimately encourage community participation in building safe and confident communities; and
  • Improving community awareness and participation in watching out for and reporting suspicious behaviour.
Connect With Us

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.