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What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) was started when it was realised that the Police alone  could not contain or prevent crime, anti-social behaviour, burglary and related thefts without the assistance of the community at large. It is both a philosophy and an approach to working together as a community to enhance the safety of families and other people, who live, visit and do business in their neighbourhood. It also encourages interaction and a shared sense of responsibility between individuals, neighbours and communities for preventing and reducing crime.

NHW areas report becoming much more aware of the need to secure their homes and other property, and of becoming much more vigilant.  It is also apparent that residents are more confident about reporting suspicious activity and, where they have witnessed crimes taking place, presenting evidence in support of prosecution.

As a result, a number of Police and associated organisations were able to confirm that crime had reduced in NHW areas and, correspondingly, residents were able to report reductions in the fear of crime.  It is clear that in many parts of the country NHW has played a significant role in improving people’s quality of life and in fostering community spirit.

The program has been so successful that there are now many thousands of Neighbourhood Watch areas servicing both city and rural locations. Approximately half the population live in Neighbourhood Watch areas.

The Police Service is committed to working in partnership with the community and greatly appreciates the outstanding contribution that the many NHW groups and volunteers make for a safer and more secure existence for all.

The mission of NHW is to:
Encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together to reduce crime and improve community safety.

How Can I Help?

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The simplest way you can help yourself, your neighbours and entire community is by keeping alert, noting unusual activity in your neighbourhood and reporting suspected criminal activity to police.

Improving home security measures, simple steps to keep yourself and your property safe while away from home and sharing the message of security tips with your neighbours.

A safe and family friendly neighbourhood is what we all want.

One helpful resource is the Home Safe brochure, which you can download here, produced by the NSW Police Force.

You can ask your local NHW coordinator for further Crime Prevention information or browse Crime Prevention on the NSW Police Force website.

How Do I Become a Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer?

View our Local NHW Groups listing page. If you see your area listed you can simply contact the coordinator of that area and they will inform you of what information is required from you.

Alternatively, you can fill in our online application form.

If your area is not listed then contact the Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch Secretary and they will provide you the information on how to start a NHW group in your area.

After all; Many hands make light work

How Much Time Do I Need To Dedicate to being a NHW Volunteer?

As a NHW volunteer your hours are your own. There is no minimum or maximum hourly requirements for official NHW volunteers.

Taking a few minutes a day to spread some education by informing those in your community of current events and personal safety/security matters makes a difference to the communities we all share.

An important message from Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, NSW and co-chair of the Friends of NHW Parliamentary Committee.

Latest News

Halloween Safety Tips

As hordes of children, or ghouls, vampires, zombies or whatever the case may be, prepare to head out onto the streets this Halloween, the NSW Police have provided some advice on ensuring children remain safe.

NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Crime Prevention, Chief Superintendent Brad Shepherd, said with more and more children celebrating Halloween in New South Wales it is a timely reminder to provide everyone with some simple guidelines to ensure ‘trick or treating’ activities are done safely.

“Younger children should always be supervised by a parent, carer or responsible adult at all times.”

“It is important to recognise that not everyone celebrates Halloween each year — so it is best to stick to houses with decorations on their properties.”

Police will not tolerate damage to property.

“While it is an exciting time for everyone, remember to be aware of your surroundings and take extra care when crossing roads and driveways,” Ch Supt Shepherd said.

“If you’re a parent or carer heading out to join in the ‘trick or treating’ fun, make sure your house is locked and secure.”

It’s also a good idea to drive with extra care around the neighbourhood, as there will be a lot of excited kids around the streets and they may forget to look out for cars and bikes. “

Halloween safety tips for big kids

  • Tell your parents or a responsible adult where you’re going and what time you’ll be home;
  • Be respectful of your neighbours;
  • Remain in familiar well-lit areas in your neighbourhood and don’t take short cuts;
  • Be sure to stick to the footpaths and take extra care when crossing driveways or roads;
  • Stay with your friends at all times and carry a mobile phone when ‘trick or treating’ in case of emergency;
  • If you’re riding a bike or using a skateboard, ensure you’re wearing a helmet;
  • Under no circumstances should you get into a vehicle with someone you don’t know; and,
  • Don’t ever enter a stranger’s home, even if they invite you inside.”
A reminder on Useful Phone Numbers:

Tweed Heads Police Station:  07 5506 9499

Police Assistance Line:  131 444

Crime Stoppers:  1800 333 000

In the event of an emergency or life-threatening situation, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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Important Contacts

Tweed Heads Police Station

07 5506 9443


Kingscliff Police Station

02 6674 9399


Brunswick Heads Police Station

02 6685 1277


Murwillumbah Police Station

02 6672 9499


Crime Stoppers 

1800 333 000


Police Assistance Line
Non Emergency
131 444

Emergency

000


State Emergency Service (SES)

132 500


Partners/Sponsors

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