Convincing the elderly to join the digital revolution has always proved difficult, but one Gerroa resident believes age shouldn't be a factor when it comes to using social media to fight crime.
Daniel Ford, 69, said he had never been on Facebook before becoming involved in the Gerroa Eyewatch project.
And while he said he wouldn't be using it to check up on his children, he could see how it would benefit some in the community, despite anticipating a few hiccups.
"In our particular community, being a lot of retirees we're not as computer literate so it may not be ideal but that's what the government is doing," he said.
"I think it can work here, certainly for people who are not so mobile and not able to get out in evenings to physical meetings."
The Eyewatch project first began about 12 months ago in NSW and aims to replace the old Neighbourhood Watch system by providing a digital platform where residents can post their concerns to a closed Facebook page.
Lake Illawarra precinct police co-ordinator Sergeant Jason Harrison said Gerroa had been chosen as the first site in the district for Eyewatch due to its defined geographic boundaries, not crime rate.
"They don't suffer from a large amount of crime ... [however] they do have spikes due to holiday homes," he said.
Mr Ford first approached Sgt Harrison about the project due to a decreasing number of attendees and government support for physical Neighbourhood Watch meetings.
Mr Ford said a trial run of the Facebook page, which took place on Wednesday, had given him hope more members of the community would become involved.
"We just have to wait to see what response we get," he said.
"There were a few elderly people who said they would not join Facebook.
"I expect a handful of people I know personally who will hopefully sign up to ... the scheme."
The site is expected to be made available in Gerroa soon.