History of NW
It started during the period of Colonial America. These groups of concerned people will always watch for vandalism acts or some petty crimes happening in the neighborhood. They are not a vigilante group because they always ask the help of local authorities (sheriff and police officers) in solving the crime. In the 1960s, the rage of the people in Queens, New York catapulted when some witnesses didn’t report the rape and murder of Kitty Genovese. The implementation of neighborhood watch came into a full scale.
Countries that have effective neighborhood watch groups are the United Kingdom (Neighborhood Watch), Canada ( Block Parent Program), Russia (Concerned People’s Druzhina), Norway(Natteravnene), Australia and New Zealand (Neighborhood Support). Other organizations include Crimestoppers, Guardian Angels, Citizen Observer, No-go Area, etc.
In the Philippines, concerned citizens are tying up with the police authorities in order to lessen if not stop the crimes or domestic violence happening in every community. Even if you have a very high fence around your house or residence, burglars can still rob your home with valuables. More secured subdivision communities employ security guards for safety. Children are not really safe inside homes if there are kidnap for ransom syndicates lurking outside the houses of rich families in the country.
With the prevailing crimes in the country, it is our duty to watch ourselves, our families’ safety including our neighbors.
The Birth of Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. In the late 1960s, an increase in crime heightened the need for a crime prevention initiative focused on residential areas and involving local citizens. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) responded, creating the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement.
In 2002, the NSA in partnership with USA Freedom Corps, Citizen Corps and the G.R.E.A.T.. Department of Justice launched USAonWatch®, the face of the revitalized National Neighborhood Watch initiative, which represents the expanded role of watch programs beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and so much more.