Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Published April 14th 2014
Details of how you can protect your home and family
Crime in our local community is a topic that sparks hot debate. Whether you believe that the Police do enough to prevent crime, or you believe that the Police can often inflame situations, most people agree that criminal behaviour is getting worse. Barely a day goes by without the nightly news reporting on abusive behaviour on public transport, arson, sexual crime or child abduction. Acts of violence which not long ago would have been rare and sparked public outrage and hot debate, now unfortunately seem all too common place.
The onus is on the public as much as the Police Force to show each other that we don't want to become a high crime society. We want to live in peace and harmony with our fellow neighbours.
Neighbourhood Watch Qld (NHWQ) in conjunction with the Qld Police Service last month unveiled the new look program for better informed neighbourhood watch.
The new program allows citizens to become crime fighters by joining an online community of reporting, advising and informing. Members of the community can now:
1. Sign up to become a member of the Neighbourhood Watch in their area. NHWQ has provided online youtube clips about becoming a crime fighter in your area.
2. Sign up to receive regular email alerts about how to prevent crime. This service will send an email when there's a new post, and users can manage preference as to how often they want to receive notifications.
3. Attend local Neighbourhood Watch information and advisory evenings to actively participate in fighting crime in their area. For details of local Neighbourhood Watch community groups, email email@example.com or contact your District Crime Prevention Coordinator, details can be found at www.police.qld.gov.au.
4. Check local crime maps to find out about recent and historical crime in their neighbourhood.
5. Join the Qld Police Facebook page for regular news and updates.
Parents can install a new child safety app on their mobiles. Qld Police advises that the application allows families to store photographs and vital information about their children on their mobile phone. In the devastating event that a child goes missing, this information can be immediately provided to authorities. The application also includes safety advice and checklists for parents on keeping children safe, information about what to do in the hours immediately after a child goes missing and provides quick and efficient access to emergency contact phone numbers.
The Police have various programs run by their members to fight crime in the community such as Drink Rite, the Mental Health Intervention Program, Police Beats programs, the School-based Policing Program, Police Citizens Youth Club and Home Assist Secure. For details of these see their website.
In addition to the measures discussed above, members of the community can also protect themselves from crime by being vigilant and taking the following precautions detailed by the Queensland Police Service: