A watchful eye in your neighbourhood

2 people at a Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch information stand

Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch (BNHW) partners with Victoria Police on crime prevention and safety initiatives. 

Suzanne Dunlop is the Chairperson for Neighbourhood Watch Victoria and has been involved in BNHW for the past 6 years. She says many home burglaries in Boroondara are opportunistic – “where a potential thief sees a chance like an open door and takes the opportunity to steal a handbag or car keys”. 

“Much of this crime and the distress it causes can be avoided by removing the opportunity.” 

Suzanne says a key part of BNHW’s role is communicating crime prevention and safety information. Try the following tips from Neighbourhood Watch Victoria. 

6 tips to avoid home burglaries 

  1. Intruders will ‘window shop’, checking for newly bought items. Cut up cardboard boxes so they fit in the recycle bin. 
  2. Keep your garage door locked when not in use. If you park in the driveway, take the garage door opener inside with you. 
  3. Intruders typically don’t like to break glass, so keep your windows locked. 
  4. Add a vertical lock to your sliding door that bolts into the floor and the top frame, or put a wooden dowel in the bottom track to prevent the door from sliding open. 
  5. Choose high-security locks. These have keys that are difficult to duplicate and harder to pick or break. 
  6. Install a home security system. Homes without a security system are 3 times more likely to be burgled than those with one.

If you’d like to know more about how safe your home is, take the ‘How safe is my place?’ quiz

Police urge family violence reporting

Family violence occurs across all social groups in the community. While physical violence may be the most visible form, other forms such as emotional abuse and controlling behaviour can be equally harmful. 

Preventing all forms of violence remains a top priority for Council and Victoria Police. 

“Community Safety Month is important because it provides an opportunity to raise the profile of the joint effort that our community and police need to play together for safety outcomes for all communities,” says Boroondara Local Area Commander Inspector Craig Pearson.

 “It’s timely to remind our community that I am still concerned by the under-reporting of family violence. I encourage any victims, their friends and their family who are aware of the incidence of family violence to seek support and report to Victoria Police.”

Where to find help 

If you or someone you know requires family violence support, contact The Orange Door on 1800 354 322, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Or you can visit The Orange Door website.

In an emergency call 000 Police, or for after-hours family violence support call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188, or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.