In 1829, Sir commissioner Richard Mayne, of the Metropolitan Police in London stated “The primary object of an efficient police is the prevention of crime: the next that of detection and punishment of offenders if crime is committed. To these ends all the efforts by police must be directed. The protection of life and property, the preservation of public tranquillity, and the absence of crime will alone prove whether those efforts have been successful and whether the objects for which the police were appointed have been attained”.
By the 1920s police would produce and distribute crime prevention posters and they started to appear and become commonplace by the late 1950s when police would hold meetings with insurance companies trying to find solutions on how to resolve increasing property crime.
While the modern day concept of a neighborhood watch program rose to prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, the roots can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets.
In 1972, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) took the concept a step further by seeking funding to make the program a national initiative. Thanks to a grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, the National Neighborhood Watch Program was started.
In 2015, we took crime prevention to yet another level by developing an online platform where neighbors can interact with each other to report and receive neighborhood crime alerts in real time.