Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch over the last few months has been generating more schools into this Tweed NHW initiative of School Watch.
As it stands at the moment we have six schools participating with another three being investigated this program is designed to keep children’s parents plus the general public informed of the importance of keeping watch over our schools during school holidays, weekends, and the night hours.
Recently with the assistance of NHWA we have been able to print a very attractive brochure with our new School Watch logo plus a School Watch sign. This brochure carries very important messages advising the young folk about Social Networking and Online Safety. Page two covers the LOOK – LISTEN – REPORT information (download here) about the School Watch Program plus how to contact police telephone numbers and Crime Stoppers.
As well as this our NHW Volunteers phone the participating Schools every few weeks just to keep the contact open and check if all is well, plus the Combined NHW Secretary sends out safety hints for the schools to include in their Newsletters.
The important factor of the School Watch Program is keeping in touch and keeping the interest going.
Follow up is the name of the game. Show you are interested and the schools will stay interested. Also bear in mind we are also promoting NHW.
Should any group be interested in starting a School Watch Program contact Gordon Levenson 0404029230 Tweed Valley NHW.
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.
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.”