A large number of break and enters are easily preventable. Many of these offences occur during the holiday season. A large number occur when your home appears to be vacant and it becomes obvious that no one is home.
Most homeowners and renters spend tens of thousands of dollars fitting their home with contents like appliances and furnishings. Additionally, the amount spent on purchases such as clothes and entertainment items like cameras and CDs can also be significant. All these are investments which are worth protecting.
If you’re planning on going away during the upcoming school holidays you should:
- Check that everything is locked and secured before leaving. Lock ALL windows, doors, garden shed, gates, garages and any other areas of your home that are able to be secured.
- Ask trusted friends or neighbours to clear your mailbox and check on your home occasionally while you are away; advise them of where you can be contacted.
- Ensure your phone message doesn’t state that you are away on holidays as this may give thieves the information that they desire.
- Stop all deliveries that you are expecting.
- Check with your local police station to see if they offer patrol services for unattended residences during holiday season.
For more tips and information download the Home Safe information brochure.
With more to come!
Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch, in conjunction with Tweed/Byron Local Area Command police, had a very successful Community Engagement Day last week on Friday 30 January, 2015 at Tweed City Shopping Centre.
We were joined by several police, VIPs (Volunteers in Policing), NHW volunteers including our executive board.
The words of our Tweed/Byron LAC Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Bradley Foster, state it best:
Tweed Byron LAC would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tweed Heads volunteers in policing, members of the Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch group and the Tweed City Shopping Center management for assisting with the very successful community engagement day last Friday 30th January 2015.
We launched the new ATV for high visibility policing on local beaches and use during the numerous music festivals. We also offered the free installation of registration plate security tamper resistant screws, as a crimes prevention strategy for our local community.
Over 50 vehicles had tamper resistant screws fitted to their license plate and we met hundreds of great community minded residents and visitors.
Due to the great success of this event we will be holding others. Early murmouring suggests that the next event will be in 6 months or so.
We’ll keep you posted.
Thanks from our Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch Chairman, Geoff Provest.
With school holidays approaching, and an influx of visitors expected, Tweed/Byron LAC have issued a reminder for holiday makers.
Along the lines of the Lock It or Lose It campaign Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch remind residents and visitors to our beautiful region to stash their valuables when not attending their camping site and not to leave valuables in plain sight in their vehicles.
Opportunistic theft in the area has been known to spike during holiday season and thieves will mark our region as a soft-target. So don’t make it easier for them by inviting theft. Everyone deserves a safe and grief-free holiday.
Tweed Byron Local Area Command would like to advise the community during this holiday period to ensure their belonging are secured and locked away.
Historically during this time of the year items such as push-bikes, surfboards and small personal belonging that are not secured out-of-sight are targeted.
Please be aware of where your belongings are and ensure they are secured.
Enjoy our magnificent holiday destination!
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia are teaming up with Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch Inc to hold a national conference and information day at Tweed Heads on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
Venue to be announced.
Information session content and some of the finer details are yet to be decided on but as details come to hand they will be updated on the Events page.
This is a unique opportunity and we encourage all residents of the community, whatever your location, to attend.
All members of the community are welcome.
Is your shed or outside property properly secured?
If you had to replace all items you keep outside or in your garden/storage shed; what would be the cost?
As the cooler weather approaches, and people access their garden tools and sheds less, we’d like to remind everyone on the importance of keeping items kept outdoors and in backyards safe and secure.
Garden/storage sheds should be securely anchored to the ground, preferably on a cement slab, and locked at all times.
If you have ride-on mowers, other bulky or simply don’t have a garden/storage shed then ensure they are out of sight, under cover and marked with an identity unique to you, such as your drivers licence number, using an engraver or UV pen.
Wireless and battery operated alarm systems are now very affordable, with starter systems under $200.00, and they generally contain at least 2 or 3 motion/IR sensors and a similar number of contact switches for doors and windows.
If you need to borrow an engraver to mark your property you can contact your local Tweed Valley NHW coordinator.
More home security tips can be found on our FAQ page here, from your local police station or you can download this handy Crime Prevention PDF pamphlet from the NSW Police Force website.