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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

Beware opening a scammer's con this Christmas

The ACCC is warning the community to be wary of scammers trying to ruin their Christmas holidays.

“Scammers often try to take advantage of people during the busy Christmas period and prey on our vulnerabilities at this time of year. For example, they may take advantage of you looking for a good deal on a family holiday, searching for a loved one’s present at an online store, or even that you’re expecting a present from someone through the post.”

Watch out for three common holiday season scams:

  • Travel scams: scammers trick their victims into believing they’ve won a travel prize or scored a really good deal on a travel package, like a cruise. Unfortunately these seemingly too-good-to-be-true holidays are nothing more than a scammer’s con. In the past 12 months, nearly $86,000 has been lost to this scam, with about 1750 reports.
  • Online shopping scams: scammers will set up believable looking online stores to trick people into goods that don’t really exist. They might also set up fake online classified or auction site listings. They entice people with legitimate looking discounts and may even advertise items as the perfect Christmas present for a loved one. This scam has cost Australians more than $1.3 million in the past 12 months, with more than 6440 reports.
  • Parcel delivery scams: with millions of packages moving across the country to get under a Christmas tree in time, scammers will send fake ‘missed delivery’ notices to potential victims. These scams are aimed at getting people to download malware or ransomware onto their PCs, which can be costly to remove; or steal their personal information. Scamwatch has received about 1700 reports of this scam in the past 12 months.

“Your personal information is often just as valuable to a scammer as your money so always be careful about the information you give out online,” Ms Rickard said.

“There are some simple tips you can follow to stay ahead of scammers these holidays.”

“If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research on any online stores you’re using, especially if it’s for the first time. Never do a deal or make a payment outside the online auction site you are using. If you are buying from a classified website only hand over the money when you have physically inspected the goods. Finally, never open attachments or download files you receive out of the blue—no matter who the email comes from or how legitimate it looks,” Ms Rickard said.

Follow @scamwatch_gov on Twitter and subscribe to Scamwatch radar alerts to get up-to-date warnings.

Source: ScamWatch website (11 December 2017)

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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


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