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  • What is Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)?

    Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is a not-for-profit, community based crime prevention program, building safe and confident communites.  Further information can be found at our About Us.

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  • Where can I find a copy of the NHW Constitution?

    For a Statement of Purposes visit Constitution. Back to top
  • When did NHW start?

    NHW Victoria started in 1983 at Kananook, a suburb of Frankston.
    For more information visit NHW History.
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  • What are the key strategies of NHW?

    To develop the NHW groups and the volunteer workforce to better meet the needs of the community by ensuring they have the necessary knowledge and resources to be effective.
    For more information visit Strategic Plan.
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  • Where can I find the NHW Vision and Mission statements?

    Vision Statement
    Connected, informed and empowered communities in which people feel safe and secure.
    Mission Statement
    To be a vibrant, inclusive and effective organisation that improves the safety and security of community life across Victoria. We do this by supporting our members and partners in promoting crime prevention, resilient communities and social inclusion.
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  • Does NHW have a Business Plan?

    For more information visit Business Plan. Back to top
  • What is the structure of NHW?

    Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is managed on a local government (LGA) or Police Service Area (PSA) model where possible, with individual groups operating in conjunction with these committees.
    Visit Structure of NHW  for a more complete overview.
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  • How do I become a NHW Volunteer?

    You may wish to be involved at local, district or state level.  Locally, there are a number of positions available where your assistance is needed.
    Visit New Volunteers for a more complete overview.

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  • What are the membership classes for NHW Volunteers?

    There are three classes of members.  Accredited, Community, Community Supporters/Followers.  
    Visit New Volunteers - Membership Classes for a more complete overview. Back to top
  • Do I need accreditation to be a NHW volunteer?

    For a comprehensive list of volunteer positions requiring you to obtain a National Police Check visit Accredited MembersBack to top
  • How does the member application process work?

    Visit Member Application Process for a complete overview. Back to top
  • How do I establish a new NHW group in my area?

    For a new NHW group to be established, the local residents must demonstrate community commitment to the program.
    Visit New NHW Groups for a complete overview.
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  • How does the NHW fundraising process work?

    NHW groups have a variety of ways they can raise the required level of funds.
    For more information visit Fundraising.

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  • What are the roles and responsibilities of a NHW Committee?

    NHW recommends a committee of at least 5 positions and these are described in more detail at NHW Committee.

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  • How does the NHW group meeting process work?

    In the first year, it is recommended to have a group meeting each month, (except possibly for December and/or January.
    Visit the Meetings section of our website for more information.
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  • How do NHW groups link to residents?

    A group newsletter, web page and/or social media are the communication links to the residents in the area and as such are a vital component to a successful NHW group.
    Visit the Communication section of our website for more information.
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  • How do volunteers implement and address crime issues in the community?

    Program guides have been produced to assist NHW groups in the implementation and running of programs for the community which address crime issues.  The guides also provide guidance on ways to measure the effectiveness of these programs.
    Visit Program Guides for more information.
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  • Do NHW provide insurance for their Volunteers?

    Personal Accident and Public Liability insurance are available although not compulsory.
    For more information visit Insurance.

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  • Where can I find publications and other resources for printing?

    NHW has a number of publications and resources covering safety and security topics.
    For more information visit Other Resources and Publications.

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  • Do NHW sell safety and security products?

    For a one-stop, on-line shopping merchandise and safety and security products visit the NHW Shop. Back to top
  • Do NHW conduct State Forums?

    NHW do conduct State Forums and any NHW volunteer is welcome to attend.
    For more information visit State Forum.

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  • What are the annual reporting requirements?

    NHW state office provides advance notice of reporting requirements and due dates.  For more detailed information visit Annual Reporting.
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  • What are the financial reporting requirements?

    NHW state office provides advance notice of reporting requirements and due dates.  For more detailed information visit Financial Reporting for NHW Groups.
     
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  • When should I call the Police?

    If you have seen a crime or have information that could prevent a crime, contact Crime Stoppers on the website, or by telephone on 1800 333 000 anonymously if you wish.  If it's an emergency and happening right now, call 000.
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  • How do I find out more about Crime Statistics?

    For information on processing, analysing and publishing Victorian crime statistics visit Crime Statistics in the NHW Volunteer Toolkit section of our website. Back to top
  • How do I order street signage?

    Street signage promotes an active NHW group, a sense of community safety and advises ‘burglars’ that the community is aware of the NHW message and reports suspicious activity and crime.
    For information on pricing, ordering and installation visit Street Signage.

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  • What is suspicious?

    To have a suspicion, you must suspect the honesty of a person, thing or act.  Suspect as defined in 'The Concise Oxford Dictionary' is:
    Have an impression of the existence or presence.
    Believe tentatively without clear ground.
    Be inclined to think.
    Be inclined to mentally accuse; doubt the innocence of.
    Doubt the genuineness or truth of.
    Visit Suspicious Incident Report for an example of a form to use if you see anything suspicious happening in your area.

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  • Where will I find news from the Board of Management?

    For more information you can visit Board News. Back to top
  • Where will I find state news?

    For more information you can visit State News. Back to top
  • Do NHW have a quarterly magazine?

    Sentinel is the NHW quarterly magazine.
    View or download your electronic copy here.
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