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Neighbourhood Watch Area LTB1, Bridle Estate, December Newsletter. (NHW68)

Camping Security, Home Security When on Holidays, Police Crime Report.

By Malcolm Lawrence - 5th December 2002 - Back to News

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Neighbourhood Watch Inc. No. A0037920V

Neighbourhood Watch Area LTB1, Bridle Estate.

Area Coordinators Carmen Cook 5134 1920, Val. Bartholomeusz 5133 9685.

Next Meeting

When: Monday 16th of December 2002.

Time: 7.15pm to 8.30pm,

Where: Salvation Army Hall,

Bridle Road, Morwell.

The December meeting will be the last for 2002. Residents are asked to bring a plate of food to share. There will be a short social get together after the meeting. All will be most Welcome.

Camping Grounds:

If you will be camping in a tent or caravan over the holiday period, the following is something to consider.

Many camping sites are like a smorgasbord of goodies to a thief - wet suits, surfboards, fishing gear, boats, and televisions in annexes or tents. Thieves donít take holidays!

Many people leave behind their rational thinking on holidays. When camping, expose as little property as you can and put everything of value inside your van, tent or car.

If leaving the site for an extended period, tell a neighbour you are expecting nobody and ask them to keep an eye out.

Many boat trailers have been stolen from boat ramps while the owners are out enjoying their spot of fishing. You can always chain your boat trailer to your car, and on returning to the campsite. You can also lock your outboard motor to your boat.

Precautions For Home Security When On Holidays:

∑ Cancel newspaper deliveries. Arrange for a friend or trusted neighbour to collect "junk mail" and any other deliveries such as local newspapers which may be made in your absence.

∑ Remove money and valuables to a place of safety, such as a bank.

∑ Consider asking the Post Office to hold your mail during lengthy absences, or if you have a good neighbour you may prefer to ask them to collect and hold your mail.

∑ Use timing switches for lights and radios to create the appearance that someone is home.

∑ Lock away garden tools, ladders or any other implements which could help somebody to break into your home.

∑ Have someone mow your lawn and keep your house exterior tidy. Trim shrubs growing near the house, if they are overgrown they could provide a hiding place.

∑ Donít leave spare keys hidden in the house.

∑ Let relatives and trusted neighbours know where you are going and for how long you will be absent. Always leave a contact address and phone number.

∑ Keep blinds and curtains open. Make the house look lived in. Ask a neighbour if they could park their car in the driveway occasionally.

∑ If possible leave a house key with a relative or friend who live nearby, or a trusted neighbour.

∑ Most important obtain an "Absence from Residence" form from the Police Station, or Zone Leader, fill it in and leave it at the Police Station.

Police Crime Report for November 2002, N.H.W. Area LTB1 Bridle Estate.

Due to privacy considerations NOT ALL offences for this area are listed.

  • 22/10/2002 Bridle Road Property damage to school grounds.
  • 26/10/2002 Bridle Road Property damage to School, window broken.
  • 30/10/2002 Chestnut Avenue Theft from a house.
  • 1/11/2002 Wyung Drive Property damage to a house.
  • 1/11/2002 Bridle Road Property damage to a house.
  • 2/11/2002 Chickerell Street Theft of a motor vehicle.
  • 2/11/2002 Chickerell Street Forced entry and burglary at an industrial premises.
  • 2/11/2002 The Boulevard Forced entry and burglary at a house.
  • 2/11/2002 The Boulevard Forced entry and burglary at a house.
  • 2/11/2002 The Boulevard Forced entry and burglary at a house.
  • 6/11/2002 Chestnut Avenue Property damage to a house.
  • 6/11/2002 The Avenue Forced entry and burglary at a flat.
  • 11/11/2002 Bridle Road Forced entry and burglary at the School.
  • 16/11/2002 Olive Drive Property damage.
  • 21/11/2002 The Avenue Forced entry and burglary of a flat.
  • 27/11/2002 The Boulevard Property damage to a house.

Summary of Items Stolen for the Above Offences

7) Electrical appliances, 1) TV/VCR, 6) Car accessories, 2) Clothing, 1) Garden items, 1) Household items, 1) Jewellery, 22) Personal property, 3) Photographic equipment, 1) Tools, 7) Other items.

11 offenders were processed for any reported offence in the area.

There will be no NHW meeting in January. The first meeting for 2003 will be on Monday 17th of February

We would like to thank S/C Brendan Clifford, S/C Dave Halliday, the Office Bearers, all the Zone Leaders, and the people who deliver the newsletters for their time and efforts over the past year, in helping to make our Neighbourhood Watch Area successful. Many Thanks To Our Advertisers and Sponsors.

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year


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