Get Online Week

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Many Neighbourhood Watch Groups are participating in Get Online Week which runs from 17 – 23 October 22. These events usually only go for an hour, and often come with refreshments and possibly prizes. Everybody will learn something, so please look out for their advertisements and support the event near you.

National Awards

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, our peak body, has recommenced its search for an outstanding NHW volunteer and an exceptional police officer or employee to be nationally recognised for their contribution to their community. If you know a volunteer who should be recognised for the Malcolm Grant OAM Volunteer of the Year Award, or a police employee for the Police Commissioner’s Award, please send your nomination(s) through by 31 October 22.

State Awards

Perhaps even more prestigious are the NHW Tasmania Awards that will be presented at an awards ceremony following our AGM at the Country Club in Launceston on 19 November 22. Nominations have closed and those members to be recognised will be announced in the September Bulletin (which is published in early October).

All NHW members and friends are cordially invited to attend this event, it is the one, opportunity for us all to gather, celebrate our successes and simply enjoy the camaraderie with a nice morning tea in a very pleasant venue. And it is free! So please mark the date in your diary now to help make this event an outstanding success.

Secure September

Crimsafe specialises in security doors, windows and screens. Its business operates in many of the mainland states, and it is a national sponsor of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA). This year, Crimsafe is also sponsoring Secure September, which reminds householders of the importance of home security to deter burglars and thieves.

Secure September has long been a project championed by NHW and it is a simple initiative that local groups can promote in their crime prevention messaging. Have you got a Neighbourhood Watch label on your letterbox? Do you make the effort to give your neighbour a wave or a smile. Have you marked the next NHW event near you on your calendar to go along and provide support. Any of these things do make a difference in building that sense of safety and belonging in your neighbourhood.

Vehicles Clamped or Confiscated

In July we looked at hooning complaints made to Tasmania Police Radio Dispatch Services. This month our research examines the numbers of vehicles clamped or confiscated over the same five-year period.

The number of vehicles clamped or confiscated by District is shown in Figure 1.1 which also show that vehicles clamped or confiscated for each District is more or less proportionally consistent with the District population

Figure 1.1 Statewide Vehicles Clamped or Confiscated by District as of May 2022

The predominant offence type which accounts for over two thirds of vehicles (382) clamped or confiscated is evade police. Hooning as the second most recorded offence type with 107 vehicles, then disqualified drivers with 47 vehicles clamped or confiscated. The remaining offence categories were less than 10% of the total.

Figure 1.2 Vehicle Clamping and Confiscations by Main Offence Type as of May 2022

This article is a snapshot of a more detailed research report on this topic.
Read the full Vehicles Clamped or Confiscated report

Crime Stoppers Week

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Crime Stoppers Week is currently running from 29 August to 4 September 22. The focus this year is to shine a light on drug dealers, …we just need your info, not your name.

Crime Stoppers Tasmania’s tips relating to illicit drugs provide valuable information to Tasmania Police, with significant police intelligence coming from Crime Stoppers.
As Crime Stoppers Week launches this year, Tasmanians are encouraged to remember the value their tip can have when they choose to shine a light on crime.

The focus for this year’s Crime Stoppers Week is illicit drugs and their entry points into our communities. Individuals can make a difference in fighting this serious crime and making their communities safer.
Crime Stoppers Week is designed to raise awareness about what everyone in this state can do to combat criminal activity. Crime Stoppers Tasmania is central to this effort because intelligence provided by the community through Crime Stoppers is a powerful weapon for our Police.

If Tasmanians see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, please speak up. or 1800 333 000

Stolen Motor Vehicles

We regularly provide information to remind readers of the importance of securing your vehicles, the contents and your keys. However, more than 1,000 cars are stolen in Tasmania each year and it is even a bigger problem in other states. Neighbourhood Watch Australasia is currently running a Facebook project to Help Eliminate Auto Theft. NHWT is contributing to the project and you can follow the regular tips on our Facebook posts at:

A Neighbour

This article by Helen came from Relationships Australia – the home of Neighbour Day.

Just days ago, Johnno*, a local homeless man, died on the street across from our venue. It was a tragic scene – having the police and a body bag to be the response to a person’s life.

Street people have their own community. Connections work in different ways. Hand-picked flowers and tributes started appearing on the fence near Johnno’s blanket and backpack where he slept.

The next morning, I took a bunch of flowers over to put on the fence. A local sitting vigil at the site asked me who I was, and I said, “A neighbour.” He replied, “Johnno would have liked the thought of having a neighbour.” Poignant, eh? *Name changed.

Key Dates for 2022

4-10 September National Child Protection Week
8 September RUOK Day
5 October International Coffee with a Cop Day
17-23 October Get Online Week
7-13 November Neighbourhood Watch Week
19 November NHWT AGM and Awards Ceremony at Country Club, Launceston

And in Conclusion

  • A bad attitude is like a flat tyre – you won’t get far until you change it! Joyce Meyer
  • Encourage all your members and friends to join NHWT online at as this is how you register as an individual member – and there is no cost.
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Yours in Neighbourhood Watch
Peter Edwards, President
Good Neighbours Create Safer Communities

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