In the late 1960s, law enforcement agencies began to enlist active community members to help in the efforts to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes, thereby creating Neighborhood Watch Group. Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country.
Today, the Neighborhood Watch Program is just as crucial as it was 30 years ago. Throughout the years, the program has evolved to a more proactive approach to crime prevention. Neighborhood watch groups are now incorporating activities that not only address crime preventions issues, but also restore neighborhood pride and unity. It is not uncommon to see neighborhood groups participating in neighborhood cleanups and other activities which impact the quality of life for community residents.