National Neighborhood Watch

A Division of the National Sheriffs' Association

Crime prevention through neighborhood cohesiveness and collaboration.


National Crime Prevention Council

About NCPC

The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies, including

  • Publications and teaching materials on a variety of topics
  • Programs that can be implemented in communities and schools
  • Local, regional, and national trainings
  • Public service announcements broadcast nationwide starring McGruff the Crime Dog
  • Support for a national coalition of crime prevention practitioners

NCPC was founded in 1982 to manage the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign and McGruff the Crime Dog and to administer the Crime Prevention Coalition of America. Now 25 years after McGruff’s first TV appearance, more than 75 percent of children recognize McGruff and over 4,000 law enforcement agencies own a McGruff suit. That’s a lot of people who know how to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime!”


NCPC Neighborhood Watch Presentation, Part 1 (2014) - To inform participants of the importance of neighborhood watch and provide strategies on starting a neighborhood watch program within their community.

NCPC Neighborhood Watch Presentation, Part 2 (2014) - To provide participants strategies for strengthening their neighborhood watch program and explore ways that their program can be connected with homeland security and emergency preparedness.

Positive Change through PolicyThis guide features examples of policies that schools, localities, and states across the United States have implemented to create safer communities.

Neighborhood Watch Needs YOUThis publication discusses reasons to get involved, the kinds of activities Watch groups do, and how they can help a neighborhood strengthen hometown and homeland security activities.

Tools and Resources To Help You Start or Maintain a Neighborhood Watch Program - Tips and information on starting and running a Neighborhood Watch program.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) - CPTED theories contend that law enforcement officers, architects, city planners, landscape and interior designers, and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety in a community right from the start.

Starting a Neighborhood WatchFree, helpful resource on starting a Neighborhood Watch program.

Neighborhood Checkup Survey - A short survey to analyze the safety of your neighborhood.

Neighborhood Watch Organizer’s Guide - Works as a guide for creating and sustaining a successful Neighborhood Watch program, and covers everything from motivating the community to running successful neighborhood watch.

Full list of home and neighborhood safety resources available here.


A Checklist for Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program

Home Security Checklist

A Safety Checklist for Apartments

Disaster Preparedness: A Checklist

Checklist for Violence Prevention