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Neighbourhood watch: issues and policy implications

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 8

Satyanshu Mukherjee and Paul Wilson
ISBN 0 642 12272 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1987


An analysis of Victoria's Neighbourhood Watch program reveals that this form of community crime prevention can lead to decreases in recorded numbers of residential burglaries. However, the effects can dissipate over time and displacement effects can also occur. The authors highlight the need for systematic research and development of databases for neighbourhood watch programs, and outline methodological issues that need to be considered in program evaluation. They also discuss non crime prevention functions of Neighbourhood Watch.