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USAonWatch (UOW) was created by the National Sheriffs' Association, in conjunction with several well-known federal agencies, to advance this cause by encouraging the initiation and/or revitalization of Neighborhood Watch Programs (NWP's) throughout the country.
The Neighborhood Watch Program was created to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a massive effort to reduce residential crime. The Neighborhood Watch Program is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well-known crime prevention programs in history. While the modern day concept of program rose to prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, the roots of Neighborhood Watch can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. USAonWatch is used not only to promote NWP's, but also record the number of NWP's started.