USAonWatch does not
advocate watch members taking any action when observing suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Community members only serve as the extra “eyes and ears” and should report their observations of suspicious activities to their local law enforcement. Trained law enforcement should be the only ones ever to take action; citizens should never
try to take action on those observations. USAonWatch encourages all watch groups to register with our national database at www.usaonwatch.org
where multiple resources are made available to assist in the training and maintaining of Neighborhood Watch groups and its members.
The National Face of the Neighborhood Watch Program
For almost 40 years, the USAonWatch-National Neighborhood Watch Program has been dedicated to the prevention and reduction of crime at the neighborhood level, particularly property crime. Time-tested practices such as "eyes-and-ears" training and target-hardening techniques have helped many communities accomplish their goal. By promoting citizen involvement in crime prevention and encouraging citizens to work with their local law enforcement agency, Neighborhood Watch has proven to be more successful and more popular today than ever before.
NSA through USAonWatch.org has been able to create a national registry of more than 22,000 Watch Groups since January 2002. USAonWatch boasts a vast resource center full of FREE printable materials on crime prevention and Neighborhood/Block/Crime/Community Watch available in both English and Spanish. Visitors to the site can choose to register for our monthly electronic newsletter, which features success stories, best practices from around the country and other news pertaining to Neighborhood Watch and Hometown Security.
Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well known crime prevention concepts in history. While the modern day concept of Neighborhood Watch came into prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, its roots in America can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets.
Funding was sought and obtained from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in 1972, and thus, the National Neighborhood Watch Program was born. The first two years of the program were devoted to disseminating information on the nature and volume of burglary, and providing information on how to secure residential property and make it less vulnerable to break-ins. From there, it evolved to promoting the establishment of ongoing local neighborhood watch groups where citizens could work in conjunction with their law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes.
National Neighborhood Watch Program Logo Permissions
The logo for the National Neighborhood Watch Program is Boris the Burglar®
. It is a nationally recognized crime prevention symbol, as well as a legally protected servicemark and trademark registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This registration is held exclusively by the National Sheriffs' Association. (Registration Number 2,087,058)