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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?


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.

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Home safety tips to keep you and you property safe at home

Download the Home Safe Brochure

Home should be a place where you and your family can enjoy safety and security.

Criminals are often opportunists, and will will target homes with poor home security to steal belongings.

You can secure your home by taking a few simple steps which will significantly lower the risk of your home being the target of thieves.

Here are some simple steps we all can take to protect our home.

Secure your home

  • Fit quality security doors, windows, locks, alarms, lighting and warning signs
  • Secure all windows and doors
  • Activate your alarm, smoke detectors and security lighting
  • Lock your gates, sheds and garages

Check your home

  • Ensure your street number is clearly visible
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to improve visibility around your home
  • Lock away items such as ladders, tools and gardening equipment
  • Don’t leave spare keys outside the home
  • Don’t leave valuables, mobile devices or keys (home or vehicle) in clear view
  • Mark valuable property and record details

When away from home

  • Use a timer to activate an internal light or radio to give the impression someone is home
  • Have family, a trusted friend or neighbour check on your home. Inform them of your travel plans, park a vehicle in the driveway, collect the garbage bins and mail
  • Consider redirecting your mail, newspapers and deliveries
  • Never advertise your travel on social media sites

For further information about protecting your home, please download the Home Safe brochure.

For more crime prevention information visit

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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



State Emergency Service (SES)

132 500


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