WE CAN ALL DO ONE THING (DOT) THIS YEAR!

Snap, Send Solve has to be the easiest way to do something positive for your community – If I can do it – anyone can. Here is another example:

60 km/hr street sign before and after
       Exhibit B - Speed Sign Now Visible

Download the app from the App Store and send me examples of issues you have solved to admin@nhwtas.org.au be in the running for a great prize!

NEIGHBOUR DAY

Neighbour Day is the last Sunday in March each year. This is another opportunity for Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) groups to do something to make a difference in their community. This year, Greater Glenorchy NHW is supporting a free community barbecue on the front lawns of the Glenorchy City Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome from 12 noon to 4pm on Thursday, 4 April 24.

Local members of Tasmania Police have been asked to Save the Date and drop by through the afternoon, so please do come along and enjoy some neighbourly hospitality. 

DATE FOR 2024 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Please note, the correct date for our 2024 AGM, Awards Presentation and Prize Giving Ceremony at the Country Club is Saturday, 19 October 24 at 10am. This is our one statewide gathering for the year, and we want all our members to come. If you want more incentive, no one gets press ganged and each year the morning tea gets better!

Mark it on your calendar now! (Please note our 2024 Calendar has the incorrect date – just to prove that nobody is perfect!)

SCAMS

Here are some really interesting statistics from authoritative researchers.

  • In the last 25 years, common forms of crime in Australia have fallen by between 40 to 80% – the downside is that fraud and cyber-crime has increased significantly.
  • In the 2021-22 reporting year, Australian cybercrime reports increased by 13% and 30% of Australians had been the victim of online frauds and scams.
  • Across the world, 46 million cyber attacks are launched each day!
  • The world’s biggest bank, J P Morgan, spends 23 billion each year on technology, largely to stop cyber crooks.

Remember, a scam is when someone deceives you into providing personal or financial information so they can steal from you. Here are some simple tips from ScamWatch to prevent you from being a victim of a scam.

  1. STOP – Don’t give money or personal information to anyone if unsure.
  2. THINK – Ask yourself could the message or call be fake?
  3. PROTECT – Act quickly if something feels wrong.

GET ONLINE WEEK (GOLW)

Talking about SCAMS . . . 

get online week 2024 promo banner

Hosting a GOLW event is another activity that improves computer confidence for older members of our community whilst providing a social environment to connect. You can access a small grant to fund your event and you have completed another DOT for this year! Don’t just think about it, ask me what is involved, and I will help you help your community. Send me an enquiry to admin@nhwtas.org.au.

 

ANOTHER HOON DRIVER GETTING THEIR JUST DESERTS

This photo from a recent Kingston Police Operation would bring a smile to the faces of our readers. This 18-year-old male got two defect notices, three infringement notices, a summons coming his way and his car going to the pound. Another successful outcome!

hoon's car being towed away

MORE CWACS IN 2024

Cuppa with a Cop is a Neighbourhood Watch initiative to easily help people engage with their local police officers. We are always looking for new ways to provide this service. Already in 2024, we have used three different types of venues: The Neighbourhood House at Risdon Vale, the Public Library at Kingston and the Sorell Plaza Shopping Centre. If you have an idea for a CWAC, contact your local Coordinator to be found at: https://nhwtas.org.au/local-groups/ or contact the state office at: admin@nhwtas.org.au

Inspector Andrew Keans with Risdon Vale group
Inspector Andrew Keans at Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Watch House.
Inspector Colin Riley with Kingston group
Inspector Colin Riley at Kingston Library
Inspector Jon Cooper with Sorell group
Inspector Jon Cooper at Bakers and Baristas in the Sorell Plaza

CALENDAR FOR 2025

The Neighbourhood Watch Calendar had been the flagship publication for NHW for many years. Each publication has adopted a different theme that fits within the purpose and objectives of minimizing preventable crime and promoting good community relationships.

We are planning the next Calendar to include a children’s drawing competition once again. Details will be announced in the April Bulletin so think about how you can promote it in your community. This could be your DOT!

KEY DATES FOR 2024

3 March 24 Clean Up Australia Day.
20 March 11 am CWAC at Donut King, Meadow Mews Plaza.
20 March 11 am CWAC at Shoreline Plaza, Howrah.
21 March Harmony Day.
27 March 11 am CWAC at Glenorchy Central.
31 March Neighbour Day (Easter Sunday).
4 April 12 noon BBQ at Glenorchy Council Chambers Lawns.
12 June Thank a First Responder Day.
1-30 September SAFE September.
12 September RUOK Day.
28-29 September National Secure Your Home Day.
2 October International Coffee with a Cop Day.
19 October 1o am AGM & Awards, Country Club, Launceston.
4 November Start of NHW/Bunnings Week (tentative).

AND IN CONCLUSION

Join NHWT online at https://nhwtas.org.au/join/ it’s free!

peter edwards

Yours in Neighbourhood Watch
Peter Edwards, President
Good Neighbours Create Safer Communities

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