Neighbourhood Watch Monash
Calling all Monash Residents
NHW Monash will be holding its AGM in October 2020. There are a number of positions available for people interested in becoming involved in the community. Many of them require only sporadic commitment over the course of the year, as they are event-based. Do look over this post carefully and consider making a contribution to the security and confidence of our community.
Important Notice (Covid-19)
Due to the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19):
Local Area and Sector meetings will also be suspended until further notice, please check with your area manager.
Coffee with a Cop events has been suspended.
Meet Your Street applications will also be deferred until the Corona virus restrictions are lifted.
Stay up to date with official advice, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Neighbourhood Watch Monash Inc is administered by a LGA Committee which meets bi-monthly. Police representatives include our Monash Crime Prevention Officer S.C. Sara Coe, Sergeant Burnie Postma and the Monash Inspector or representative.
The committee also consists of NHW volunteers:
Graham Lawrence – Chair
John Ashton-Smith – Secretary
Len Walker – Treasurer
Merrin Collier – Minute Secretary
Ben Li - Website Editor
Joan Bungar – Monash eNews Editor
Kevin Tse - Facebook and Website Admin
Jazzy Howlett - Facebook Community Moderator
NHW Monash consists of 25 active areas which are administered by Area Managers and support volunteers. Around 700 volunteers working within Monash, hold regular meetings, produce newsletters and are involved in many community activities.
Area Managers and their committee members also meet bi-monthly in a Sector Meeting which is a forum for these members to share ideas and organize NHW activities. The Sector is managed by the same NHW volunteers that form the LGA Committee except that Dianne Chase is our Minute Secretary.
Please see the Local Areas page for a listing of the meeting dates and places for the two Committees and the Local Areas, which also includes the names of, and contact details for, the Area Managers.
You can also visit our Facebook page (@NHWMonash) for up-to-date information on our latest activities and Eyewatch - Monash Police Service Area Facebook page (@MonashEyewatch) for up-to-date information from Police .
The Eyewatch Facebook page connects your local police with the community to help assist with:
Solving crimes in your area
Eyewatch is currently operating in 54 regions around Victoria. With a combined following of over 347,000, the initiative is empowering Victorians to be active participants in making their community safer.
Your local Eyewatch will keep you up-to-date with community initiatives, safety and crime prevention information and general policing updates. Speak directly with your local police to be a part of the conversation.
Get involved by following your local Eyewatch page and sharing the information with your network - your local police are waiting to connect with you!
Neighbourhood Watch Monash and the Community
NHW supports the Police in their efforts to reduce crime.
Neighbourhood Watch is a community based crime prevention program aimed at reducing the incidence of preventable crime and creating safer communities. Members work with Police to promote crime prevention activities related to home and personal safety, work at community events and assist local police in encouraging the public to report suspicious behaviour.
Monash NHW is involved in the following specific programs of crime prevention.
Safe Plate Days
Our next safe plates is on [Undetermined] at Bunnings Notting Hill (Ferntree Gully Rd)
The program involves NHW volunteers replacing number plate screws with one-way security screws which make the theft of those plates difficult. Stolen plates are used by criminals to evade tolls, in petrol theft drive offs and in more aggressive and sometimes violent criminal activities.
Safe Plate Days are usually organised at Bunnings Stores and at Shopping Centres.
1. The distribution of pamphlets on Residential Burglary and Theft from Motor Vehicles.
This program involves targeted areas identified by the Police. New targeted areas are identified each month and a team of volunteers deliver Crime Prevention Pamphlets to those areas. Monash NHW Areas are rostered to provide volunteers each month.
2. The distribution of Business Kits and other residential information to targeted areas.
This program involves around 6-12 volunteers taken out in a small bus by SC Jo McCarthy, the Monash Crime Prevention Officer, to the targeted area where material will be distributed. Volunteers deliver for about one hour and then meet for a chat and a coffee at a local café.
Monash NHW has supported our local Police by purchasing two Avalanche Elite fully equipped bicycles. Police trained in the use of bicycles are able to patrol in areas not suitable for vehicles and as an effective alternative to foot patrols.
Bicycles are fitted with light sets, Echo computers, pumps and kick stands.
STATE FORUM - Changes to NHW Constitution
The committee charged with studying the best course of action addressed the June 2018 State Forum.
Please follow this link for a summary of their findings.
SCAM ALERT - Threats and Kidnap Scams Targeting Chinese Community
The ACCC’s Scamwatch service is warning the Chinese community in Australia to be wary about two frightening scams targeting them that involve threats of arrest, and extortion via fake kidnappings.
For more detailed information, visit Scamwatch.