Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) within Ku-ring-gai & Hornsby is aligned with the NSWPF Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command (PAC) boundaries, from Brooklyn to Killara, Pennant Hills to St Ives. We support the local Crime Prevention Officer in the education of the community in crime prevention techniques. Ku-ring-gai/Hornsby NHW has several strategies in place to support existing groups and to create new ones, including eWatch groups. The extensive use of technology allows NHW to link and educate members of the community.
The success of NHW depends on volunteers. They help with Crime Prevention (NHW and/or Police) stalls at community events (such as during Seniors Week, or at Ku-ring-gai & Hornsby Shire Council events, church and school fêtes). They promote public access to all available crime prevention information and resources. Hence, the primary roles are communication and the support of the local police Crime Prevention Officer.
Please make contact if you’d like a crime prevention stall at your next community event. More volunteers are always needed. If you would you like to give some of your time, and/or lend us your skills, click on the Contact menu option and ask for more details.
Thanks to Neighbourhood Watch Australasia Community Funding for the purchase of professional rope banners, T-shirts, goodie bags & registration plate locking screws. These are all used to encourage the public to view our crime prevention table at community events. Get your FREE registration plate locking screws by clicking on the Borrow menu option.
Thanks to Tim Brown of Personal Strength (formally FunFit) for the support of a rope banner stating, ‘If I don’t see you my neighbour will!’. Thanks to Gordon East Public School for displaying this banner on their fence.
Thanks to Jupiter&June Australia who designed, created and painted a carnival-style photo booth to entertain the children at our NHW Roadshow. Click on the Contact menu option if you would like to use this at your next community event. We also have a crime prevention colouring-in for children, compliments of Jupiter&June Australia. Click on the Tips menu option.
Community events held over the last few years, and designed to raise awareness of NHW and security issues for all members of the community, from primary school-aged children to seniors, include the following:
- Crime Prevention stall for NHW Australasia’s NHW Week 2019, hosted by Bunnings Thornleigh, with Ku-ring-gai PAC.
- Crime Prevention stall for NHW Australasia’s NHW Week 2018, as part of the Day4You hosted by Warrawee Anglican Church at Warrawee Public School.
- Schools Colouring-in & Essay Writing Competition for NHW Australasia’s NHW Week 2017, made possible with help from the Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre.
- NHW Security Roadshow for NHW Australia’s NHW Week 2016, made possible with help from Ku-ring-gai Council, the Ku-ring-gai Police LAC and all the contributors and speakers.
- ‘Dads are Great!’ event for Father’s Day 2014, made possible with help from the Gordon Centre Management, all the local volunteer emergency services and Ku-ring-gai Police LAC.
- Seniors Security Expo – Feel Safe, Be Safe! for Seniors Week 2013, held at Turramurra Uniting Church, thanks to the church, all the stall contributors and the Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command (PAC).
Neighbourhood Watch are invited to share news and advice on Triple H Community Radio 100.1FM.
Following the NSW Police Force lead in 2012, NHW committed to pursue an online presence, starting with Facebook. NHW helped point residents to Facebook with the production of 32,000 fridge magnets that identified emergency contact numbers and had a ‘QR code’ for easier access to the local police Facebook page (known as Eyewatch): www.facebook.com/KuringGaiPAC. Thanks to sponsors Century 21 Cordeau Marshall Group and BCS Home Building, these magnets were distributed to all NHW groups, at every NHW event and through local organisations and schools.
We see our key role as community educators in crime prevention. We are trying to tackle every type of crime, including protecting home and business premises from willful damage, to alerting and protecting people from new scams and cyber-crimes. Furthermore, we believe that crime prevention information should be easily accessible to all via the internet. NHW groups have become firmly established as the conduit for local crime awareness and prevention advice.
Ku-ring-gai/Hornsby NHW is concentrating on using social media and the internet to reach more residents. We have two websites: this one www.NHWKuringgaiHornsby.org.au and our crime prevention A-to-Z Index www.WatchOut.org.au. We use Facebook and Twitter. We also utilise Mailchimp to email the weekly Crime Update eNewsletter.
In addition to occasional group meetings and a regular printed newsletter, new NHW groups can be formed as an ‘eWatch’ group, where members are linked via an email chain. An eWatch group could be a street, an apartment block, or a social group. If you are interested in the eWatch idea, please click on the Contact menu option.
NHW has created an ‘Our 20 Favourite Crime Prevention Tips’… series. These arose from ‘The 20 Tips for Seniors’ and now includes many leaflets. The tips are continually researched and updated and have been translated into several languages. Click on the Tips menu option to download your FREE copies.
A weekly Crime Update eNewsletter is available, detailing all the posts from the local Ku-ring-gai police Facebook page, as well as crime prevention/NHW information and advice. Thus, there are several ways to follow the Ku-ring-gai police posts and to be more aware of crime in the local community. The eNewsletter tips and advice are welcome reminders of the importance of continued vigilance by all. Click on the Subscribe menu option to subscribe and get a copy of our eNewsletter in your inbox.
We believe that through communication via internet resources, electronic and printed newsletters and face-to-face meetings, all members of our community can be more aware of crime and crime prevention. Thus, everyone can play a role in achieving a safer neighbourhood and community.