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WHO TO
RING


If a crime is in progress
Police
Emergency
000

If you are
suspicious, or
to report a
crime already
committed
Eastwood
Police
9858 5944

Items for
newsletter,
new letterbox

plaques, to
borrow
engraving
pen, etc.
EW3 Area
Coordinator
9876 5993

Your Street Coordinator

Welcome to Neighbourhood Watch Area Eastwood 3 (EW3). We hope you will be very happy here in the Dence Park area of Epping.

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is the community working together with the police to establish a safe environment. We believe that since its establishment in 1986, our NHW program has helped residents keep crime low in EW3 by encouraging them to take simple precautions. These measures are outlined on the back of this letter, and they are reinforced in our quarterly newsletter.

Our local NSW Police Service is Eastwood Local Area Command. The police station is in Ethel Street, Eastwood, only blocks away.

Area EW3 is bounded by Epping Road, Blaxland Road and Terrys Creek and contains over 800 homes. It is divided into six zones, each overseen by a zone coordinator. You are in Zone ____. The six zone coordinators plus the members of the executive comprise the Management Committee.

The Management Committee meets quarterly at the Epping Craft Centre in Dence Park, off Stanley Road, and all residents are invited to attend. Meetings are announced in the newsletter, which is delivered to your letterbox shortly before each meeting. A representative from Eastwood Police attends and we usually have a guest speaker. Free tea and coffee are provided throughout the meeting.

There is a one-time joining fee of $2, payable through the coordinator whose details are below. Members receive

bulletletterbox plaques, which we encourage you to prominently display
bulletother materials such as bumper stickers, safety brochures and forms for recording valuables
bulletrepeated use of an engraving pen and an associated window sticker
bulletloan of videos on home security
bulletloan of The Neighbourhood Crime Prevention Handbook by Pat Daley

We hope you will become a member, and that the measures on the back of this letter become habits.

Again, welcome to EW3. I look forward to meeting you.

Your street/zone/area coordinator

Neighbourhood Watch encourages action in four areas. You will find them following. ­ ­ ­

CRIME PREVENTION

Carelessness accounts for a large percentage of property theft. Secure your home by installing, and using, deadlocks on external doors and key-operated locks on all windows. Use padlocks on external buildings and keep them locked even when at home. Install exterior lighting, interior security grills on skylights, and time switches to turn on/off lights, a radio, etc. while you are absent. Alarm systems and floor safes set in concrete are effective deterrents to thieves. Take these simple precautions:

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Display your house number clearly to help emergency vehicles.

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Lock away tools, ladders, etc. that a thief could use to break in.

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Never leave notes for friends, the milkman, etc. which a thief could read.

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Don’t leave keys in "hiding places" around the house for a thief to find.

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Keeps valuable documents in a bank, with a solicitor, etc.

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Don’t leave your house keys with your car keys when having your car serviced or parked in a parking station.

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Trim shrubs near doors and windows that could hide someone breaking in.

When going away, stop all deliveries and ask a neighbour to clear your letterbox, use and put out your garbage bin, and occasionally park in your driveway. Arrange for your lawn to be mown and someone to change your curtains around, etc. to make your home look lived in. Turn your telephone down so it can’t be heard from the street. Let your police know you will be absent and who has the key and a contact number in case of an emergency.

Prevent theft of, and theft from, your motor vehicle by:

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never leaving your keys in it, even in your own garage

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never leaving your driver’s licence or registration papers in the vehicle

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never leaving valuables in view, or even empty boxes if they look like they could contain valuables

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avoiding parking in poorly lit, quiet or secluded areas

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installing and using steering locks, cut-out switches, an alarm system
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PERSONAL SAFETY

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Never admit you are home alone, either at the door or on the telephone.

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Never allow a stranger to enter—check their ID or telephone their organisation.

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If using buses and trains at night, know the timetables to minimise waiting times. Stay as close as possible to a well-lit area (shop front, etc.) or where there are other people (railway staff office).

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Never take short-cuts at night through parks or vacant lots.

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Never place an ad which requires people calling when you are home alone.

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If forced to use a poorly lit street, walk near the kerb, not doorways.

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Fit and use good quality locks, front and back, to your home, and install a peep-hole or a security door.

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Install perimeter lighting so the whole area can be illuminated if you suspect a prowler.

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Always carry your handbag clutched in front of you—don’t let it dangle from your hand or shoulder.

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If a car is following you while you are walking, go to the the nearest place where there are people (a neighbour’s house, a shop, etc.) Get a description of the car and notify police immediately.

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If a car is following you while you are driving, go straight to the nearest police station. Get the registration number and a description of the vehicle.

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Talk your way out of trouble if possible. Otherwise your best protection is noise. Yell "FIRE" rather than "HELP". Carry a device like a shrill alarm. Keys, nail files, etc.in your handbag can be used as weapons of defence.
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OPERATION IDENTIFICATION

Only a small percentage of recovered stolen valuables are returned to their owners because police cannot find the owners or the owners cannot positively identify their goods. Record make, model and serial numbers of valuables. Borrow an engraver from Neighbourhood Watch and engrave your driver’s licence number, preceded by "NSW", on the property. Display a NHW Operation Identification sticker on a front window informing would-be thieves that valuables are permanently marked for identification by police. Photograph jewellery, paintings, etc. and keep the photographs, along with your serial number list, in a safe place.

CRIME REPORTING

A patrolling police officer may not recognise a stranger in your neighbourhood, but you and your neighbours will. Report any suspicious behaviour to Eastwood Police, but if you see a crime being committed, ring the Police Emergency number 000 immediately. Exchange home and work numbers with your neighbours. If you see a suspicious vehicle in your neighbour’s driveway, telephone him to see if it is legitimate. If your home or a neighbour’s appears burgled, do not enter—the thief may still be there—but ring the police immediately and keep watch till they arrive. For suspicious vehicles, write down registration number, make, model, colour and peculiarities like dents, rust, roof racks, etc. For suspicious persons, record sex, age, hair colour/style, height, build, peculiarities like beard, moustache, tattoos, etc.) Do not attempt to apprehend a criminal—that is the police’s job. Just be their eyes and ears.

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