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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

Safety for Senior Citizens

(by Pam Blowers, NHW Assistant Coordinator)

The ‘Safety for seniors’ information sessions being conducted by Tweed Heads Police are a crime prevention initiative which started in May 2014.

The information sessions cover topics including personal safety, home security, credit card fraud and scams and rorts, particularly those currently happening in and around the Tweed Heads and surrounding areas.

Most of the people living in and around the Tweed are good honest folk, just like you and I, going about their daily business. It is most unfortunate that there is a small element of people who are criminals.  Senior citizens are often targeted by the latter group and the aim of creating awareness by conducting information sessions is to increase awareness and keep people and property safe.

Tweed Heads Police have visited over 40 retirement communities, nursing homes, manufactured home villages (over 55s) and Clubs and Associations and talked with some 1200 senior citizens.

During the presentations, senior citizens often share stories and experiences where they have been victims of crime.  Some of these ‘stories’ relate to:

  • Personal safety
  • Home security
  • Nuisance and scam phone calls
  • Credit card fraud
  • Concerns about the pay-wave payment system
  • Cyber safety
  • Scam attempts via phone and internet

Everyone who attends an information session is provided with a sample bag of useful booklets and handouts which they can share with other senior citizens and with their families. Crime prevention is relevant to everyone in our community.

If you would like to book a Safety for Seniors Presentation for your community group just phone the Tweed Heads Police Station on 07 5536 0999 and ask to speak to the Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Brad Foster.

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Important Contacts

Tweed Heads Police Station

07 5536 0999


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


After Hours GP
House Call Doctor

13 55 66

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