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September 2023 Newsletter

RU OK Day is on 14th September

Got a feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem a little out of sorts or more agitated or withdrawn? Trust that gut instinct and act on it.

Learn more about the signs and when it’s time to ask R U OK? By visiting this website: www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.  If they say they are not ok, you can follow the conversation steps on the website to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage their load, or point them in the right direction in order to find the help they need.  If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.  So what have you got to lose?


SCAMWATCH
Phone and email scams are now commonplace. In 2022, Australians reported $3.1bn in scam losses. More than a billion phone scams alone have been blocked by telcos in the last year.

The SCAMWATCH site at: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ provides quick access to qualified information about scams, how to recognise them and how to report them. It really is a one-stop shop for anything you want to know about possible scams and protecting yourself.

Their basic advice for all messages you receive is:

  • STOP Don’t give money or personal information to anyone if unsure.
  • THINK Ask yourself could the message or call be fake?
  • PROTECT Act quickly if something feels wrong: Just hang up the phone! If it is a valid phone call, they will call you back, or you might try phoning the company and asking whether the call might have been from them.


NATIONAL SECURE YOUR HOME DAY on 23rd– 24th September provides an opportunity for all householders to prioritise making your home more secure. Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA), invites you to dedicate one day of the year to crime prevention awareness and a security assessment of your home.

Held on the last weekend of September, National Secure Your Home Day supports householders to assess security and target hardening homes against crime to provide long-term protection against break-ins, property damage, theft, and poor security. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in the past year on average 2% of Australian households experienced break-ins, with an estimated additional 2% encountering attempted break-ins. There was also a correlating increase in motor vehicle theft due to car keys being stolen from inside homes. For assistance with a home audit, go online to: www.secureyourhomeday.com.au/newsandresources


MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS

We regularly report the national data that seven out of ten vehicles are stolen with their keys. Sometimes we wonder if this could be true, and if it is true – how does it happen? An article recently appeared in a Tasmanian newspaper describing the situation whereby a young drug user walked past a service station and saw a car with no driver, but the keys in the ignition. He saw it as a “free car”.  So he took it on a reckless crime spree!


AND TALKING ABOUT SAFETY

If you are walking at night, there have been reports of close calls with pedestrians because they are not so easy to see. There do seem to be more people exercising and in the dark, there are other pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and some animals on shared paths. Of course, there is always traffic and vehicles entering and leaving driveways etc.

In the interests of your own safety, please wear visible clothing or perhaps carry a torch so that others can see you from a distance.

IN AN Emergency… Call 000.  If a crime has already happened, call 131 444.  For anonymous reporting call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

NNNW – Your connection to a safer community

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