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Law Enforcement - Neighborhood Watch Over the last 40 years, NSA has consistently provided cost-effective and community-effective crime prevention materials for use by citizens and law enforcement. All of our free printer friendly law enforcement publications and current educational materials are available on and

National Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well known crime prevention programs in history. In 1972, as a result of the increase in crime in the late 60's, NSA responded by creating a national homeland security initiative to establish resources to assist local law enforcement and citizens. Thanks to multiple grants by the Department of Justice, NSA has been able to provide multiple resources to sheriffs and police around the country for almost 40 years. Learn more.

Neighborhood Watch Safety Systems

The NNW Safety System is an interactive video alerting system with professional monitoring to dispatch law enforcement in the event of an actual crime – and can be used both indoors and outdoors. NNW developed the Safety System using proven technology featured in several Sheriff Magazine case studies reducing crime and making arrests; video alarm technology that has been officially endorsed by the NSA for several years. A key consideration for Neighborhood Watch was to create an affordable solution that would not be limited to the affluent communities but could be widely deployed in the neighborhoods with the greatest need. Minimum requirements for operation are a smartphone to see the alerts and Internet service at the customer premise. Learn more.

Celebrate Safe Communities

In 2008, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) teamed up on an exciting project designed to help local law enforcement agencies and their community partners kickoff celebrations of Crime Prevention Month every October. NSA, NCPC, and BJA are eager to assist your department in educating, mobilizing, and thanking all the residents, businesses, and others helping keep your community safe from crime! Learn More


Crime Prevention Materials/Resources

NSA makes available a comprehensive array of materials—perfect for groups all stages and types of neighborhood watch groups. It doesn't matter if your watch group is called Block Watch, Crime Watch, Community Watch or Neighborhood Watch. NSA works hard to make prices as reasonable as possible for law enforcement and citizens.

Among the items NSA makes available are:

  • Metal Road Signs
  • Window Decals
  • Magnetic Car Signs
  • Specialty Orders for Signs and Decals are Welcomed!!!
Email NSA's Crime Prevention Section.

Crime Prevention Patch

The National Sheriffs' Association is offering Crime Prevention Patches to any sheriffs office and sheriffs department across the nation. These patches are given to area Boy Scout troops and Explorer Scout programs for their involvement in the crime prevention process. Learn more here.


Other Law Enforcement and Community Programs Resources:

Schlage and National Neighborhood Watch Launch 40-City Safety Blitz to Honor 40 Years of Making Communities Safer  - Leading security provider to donate hundreds of residential door locks to Neighborhood Watch chapters during National Neighborhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary

Crime Prevention Coalition of America (CPCA)

Established in 1980, a nonpartisan group of more than 400 national, state, federal, and community-based organizations united to promote citizen action to prevent crime. The National Sheriffs' Association is an active member of the Executive Committee.

Take 25, Launched in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), a national child safety campaign encouraging parents to talk to children about safety. Created in commemoration of National Missing Children's Day (May 25th), Take 25 has reached thousands of families throughout the United States and abroad. To get involved and learn more visit