Crime Prevention

Law Enforcement - Neighborhood Watch

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.


Neighborhood Watch Safety Systems

The National Neighborhood Watch ( has released a new version of Neighborhood Watch. The National Sheriffs’ Association looked at the technologies the public uses to post information on social media sites and utilizes that technology to help turn the Neighborhood Watch into a more tech savvy institution.

The Safe City Platform incorporates the technology of using the BlackBox Digital Witness mobile app along with video doorbells and IP cameras to create a new safety net of protection. This safety net can help deter criminals from entering the neighborhoods by posting the new signs and employing the new platform. Criminals will know that anyone in the neighborhood can record video and send it directly to their neighborhood watch captain and or to participating local law enforcement within seconds. The application can also be used to report terrorism, suspicious behavior, and animal abuse.


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!

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.