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Remove it, lock it or lose it

Thefts from cars are mostly due to valuables being left in plain sight, when they're left unattended. There are a few simple steps you can take, to help reduce the chance of your belongings being stolen. Leaving valuable items on view in your car when you’re not around, is like window shopping for thieves. Getting [...]

Is there a link between a full moon and crime?

When people know it’s a full moon, they tend to use it to explain all sorts of human actions, including criminal behaviour. So does a full moon actually lead to more crime? By Wayne Petherick, Bond University who spoke at our Neighbourhood Watch forum in July 2021 It’s a full Moon soon. If past months […]

10 things you can do to prevent your dog from being stolen

Your dog may be beloved family member, but heartless thieves are often on the lookout for expensive and popular breeds to sell for quick cash. Here are our top tips for protecting your pooch. 1. Don’t leave your dog alone in public. Leaving your pet unattended is a main cause of dog theft. Treat your [...]

7 things to do at home before you go away

Summer is the peak season for home burglaries and fire danger. So before you head off for a break, there are a few key things you can do around your home to give you that extra piece of mind while you're away. 1. Try to organise a house-sitter. Crooks scoping out places to rob look [...]

Is your letter box keeping your mail safe?

Mail theft is becoming increasingly common. Unfortunately, most people don’t know they’re mail has been stolen until they discover someone is using their credit cards or their identity. Not all letter boxes are created equal, so we share our top tips for making sure yours is protecting your mail. 1. Put a lock on your [...]

7 easy DIY home security jobs to do on the weekend

A home is burgled about every 20 minutes in Victoria. We’ve got 7 quick security fixes you can put on your weekend jobs' list to make your home more burglar-proof. 1. Get rid of the hidden house key Most people have a spare key hidden somewhere outside their home. Burglars know all the hiding spots, [...]

Neighbourhood Watch partners with Angel Next Door

Neighbourhood Watch is excited to announce a new partnership with Angel Next Door to connect neighbours and communities during the coronavirus shutdown. Neighbourhood Watch Victoria has partnered with Angel Next Door to boost their vital community assistance during the coronavirus lockdown. Angel Next Door is an online platform designed for people to provide hands-on practical [...]

5 ways to make your home security a little greener

Making your house safer from break-ins is important and there are ways to go about it, that might just be a little more eco-friendly. Here are 5 ideas to help make sure your home security doesn't cost the earth. 1. Be smart with your lights People often leave interior lights on when they're out, to [...]

Corona Kindness: 7 ways to be an awesome neighbour

While social distancing is essential during the coronavirus emergency, so too is watching out for our neighbours, especially those who are elderly, have disabilities or live alone. Here are some of our suggestions for ways to help those who live next door. If you are helping your neighbours, it is essential that you practice safe [...]

Watch out for these coronavirus (COVID-19) scams

As if coronavirus isn't worrying enough, sadly scammers are taking advantage of people's anxiety and vulnerability to try and steal money, personal data and financial information. Here are some of the top scams to be aware of. 1. The coronavirus vaccine scam Scammers are sending out official-looking emails and messages claiming to be from doctors, [...]