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Community and zone reps needed
CRIME in Bass Coast is up 14.5 per cent
in the 12 months from April 2015 to March
A total of 2830 crimes happened in the
Bass Coast Shire during that period.
Of that number, about one quarter (666)
occurred in Cowes, Silverleaves, Summer-
lands, Wimbledon Heights, Ventnor, Sun-
set Strip, Smiths Beach, Sunderland Bay
or Surf Beach.
There were an additional 12 offences
that occurred in Rhyll and a further 212 in
Cape Woolamai, Newhaven or San Remo.
“A total of 890 crimes in Phillip Island
and San Remo in 12 months is a lot, it’s
too much, ” s ays Arjava Stephenson, area
manager and chairwoman of the fledgling
Neighbourhood movement that is in the
process of being established locally.
“The police can do a far greater job of
keeping us all safe if they have an active
community that says something when they
see something; that effectively watches over
itself as a starting point, before things get
stolen, get vandalised, or get out of hand
on any level,” Arjava said.
“We want a community ready and willing
to step up and be alert to anything suspi-
cious in their immediate area, and report
No heroics are needed, nor are they en-
“The police want us to butt out on that
level, ” says Arjava.
“But they do need our eyes and ears and
to tell them when something is odd.
“We are setting up a Neighbourhood
Watch and they want us to ‘start watching’.
To be known as WIN (Watching the Island
Neighbourhood), the partnership is be-
tween the police and the community.
“We are the amiable or genial ‘channel’
between the two,” Arjava said.
“Community members do not normally
cross paths with the police unless they are
in some kind of trouble.
“It’s our job to help the police do their
work and it’s our job to help the commu-
nity come together.
“If we had a set of ‘community eyes’ on
every street, I wonder just how much we
could lower the crime stats for Phillip Is-
land and San Remo?”
WIN has a social media presence; a Face-
book page and has over 500 likes.
“Just imagine if every one of those was
turned into a WIN volunteer for their
street. We’d have the whole Island and San
Remo covered and we could all feel a little
“To like the page and stay in touch with
WIN notifications go to https://www.face -
book.com/W.I .N3922 or within Facebook,
type @W.I .N3922 in the search bar.
WIN is also looking for donations and
sponsorships from individuals of business
to help with printing, promotional materi-
als and projects.
“Of the five or so funding grants which
are open to us, four of the deadlines had
passed before we became established, so
we will have to wait nearly a full year for
the next round.”
Phillip Island and San Remo Neighbour-
hood Watch is calling for residents to regis-
ter to be the ‘Community Eyes’ representa-
tive for your street. Looking out for your
neighbours helps to prevent crime. Bonny
the dog keeps an eye out with her master,
in Driftwood Drive, Cowes.
Local police have thrown their weight behind the move to establish a Neighbourhood
Watch program for Phillip Island and San Remo.
Sergeant Robyn Heal and Senior Constable Andy Lone (pictured) have appealed to
community members this week to get involved in the program, for the benefit of ev-
And they are also taking part in the new Coffee with a Cop program, which is part of
the Neighbourhood Watch initiative.
This is a free community event on Phillip Island to be held on Thursday, October 13,
between 10.30 to 11.30am at the Three Aces Cafe, 148 Thompson Road, Cowes. An
invitation is extended to anyone who would like to discuss items of community interest
with the police officers present, or get clarification on matters that may be of concern
Get involved in Neighbourhood Watch, say our local police
LOCAL police have thrown their weight
behind the move to establish a local Neigh-
bourhood Watch movement for Phillip Island
and San Remo.
Sergeant Robyn Heal, officer in Charge at
Cowes Police, wants the community to con-
tact police when they see behaviour that is
out of the ordinary.
“Ring 000, not the police station, ” Sergeant
“In a small station, there may be no-one in
the station. Cars can be contacted over the
radio by the 000 operator.
“This speeds up the response time. ”
Sergeant Heal appeals to community mem-
bers to get involved, and to make an effort to
meet Neighbourhood Zone leaders, and offer
“Neighbourhood Watch is most helpful. We
have 10 members at Cowes, with 10 sets of
“With Neighbourhood Watch, this increas-
es dramatically. There are thousands of sets
of eyes, keeping an eye out in their neigh-
“Everyone is aware of their own neighbour-
hood environment, and if something out of
the ordinary is going on, that raises your
suspicions, contact us straight away.”
Sergeant Heal said WIN Zone leaders will
organise letter drops with information, and
appeals to the community to take an interest
Sergeant Heal said that locally, there has
been a rise in the theft of motor vehicles, and
in the number of house burglaries reported.
“Keep an eye out for your neighbours.
“Police encourage community members to
get to know their neighbours, and their hab-
its, for the mutual benefit of one another.
“Exchange mobile telephones. It makes
our job so much easier,” she said.
With the arrival of spring and the holiday
season approaching, Sergeant Heal offered
a word of advice to neighbours who suffer
from noisy tenants partying in rental prop-
“Ring us early, when you can see things will
get out of hand later in the night, ” she said.
“Don’t leave it until it is too late, and cer-
tainly not the next day when everyone has
“We can make a difference, before people
become too intoxicated as the night wears
How do I get involved
BEING a ‘Community Eyes’ representative
in a Neighbourhood Watch program is the
most important role in the organisation.
Without active ‘Community Eyes’ , Neigh-
bourhood Watch cannot work.
A ‘Community Eyes’ representative gets to
know and take care of their neighbours.
For example, this could be five houses to
your left, five houses to your right and five
across the road.
Or it could be the entire street a resident
Being a “community eyes” representa-
tive involves keeping an eye on properties,
whether they are permanents or holiday
It’s introducing yourself, swapping phone
numbers, taking bins and mail in when you
know they are away, knowing when there is
an unrecognised car there or someone lurk-
ing that isn’t one of your neighbours.
It’s also noticing when a window has been
left open, a door has blown open in a storm,
when you smell smoke, or when you hear
loud unexplained or upsetting noises.
There can most certainly be more than one
set of “eyes’ per street, especially if it is a
Some residents might already be doing
WIN is asking them to start doing it ‘of-
ficially’ for their street under the banner of
That way it can see which areas are cov-
ered and which are not.
The more things we see that make us feel
unsure, uneasy, alarmed or fearful, and are
reported by phoning 000 or Crimestoppers
on 1800 333 000, the higher the chance
of getting more police as the local stats on
crime could increase.
At present ‘Community Eyes’ representa-
tives are registered for:
* Cowes: Grandview Grove, Chapel Street,
Settlement Road, Morgan Road, Phillip
Street, Anthony Court and Shoalhaven Road.
* Cape Woolamai: Lantana Road.
* Wimbledon Heights: Bowman Road.
* Surf Beach: Fern Avenue.
* Sunset Strip: Rogerson Road and Gal-
* San Remo: Miriam Court.
A ‘Community Eyes’ representative does
not have to attend WIN committee meetings
if they prefer not to.
Other than report what they see to Police
or Crimestoppers, they are asked to tell the
Zone Representative for their area what is
If they want to be further involved, they
may opt to deliver the WIN newsletter to
their mini zone.
Residents wishing to register for ‘Commu-
nity Eyes’ in their street can do so by provid-
ing their name, a phone contact, their street
They can do this by emailing phillip.is-
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phoning the
area manager on 0403 757340; or visiting
the WIN Facebook page.
A Zone Representative is the key link then
between the WIN program and all of the
‘Community Eyes’ volunteers around Phillip
Island and San Remo.
Zone Representatives do attend the month-
ly WIN committee meetings and convey any
concerns raised by any ‘Community Eyes’
Phillip Island will be divided into zones
according to townships or in the case of
Cowes, into large estates or sections.
San Remo will be included in the overall
Neighbourhood Watch area.
At present more than half of Phillip Island
and San Remo remain uncovered by WIN,
which was launched two months ago.
“We do therefore need people to come
forward who can spare some volunteering
time, ” s ays Arjava Stephenson, the driving
force behind the new group.
“We need people prepared to commit to
help out their neighbourhood. ”
Zone Representatives names and contact
numbers are as follows, if you feel that this
is something you can help out with.
1. Cowes Central – Arja Stephenson 0403
2. Cowes Shearwater Estate – Alan Harris
0437 178 619
3. Cowes Seagrove Estate – Elaine Cree
0488 013 691 (after September 27)
4. Cowes (Red Rocks) – Caroline Thomas
0417 318 227
5. Cape Woolamai – Sharyn Hosking 0475
6. Ventnor – Fiona Rawson 0412 839 791
7. Wimbledon Heights – Kylie Vines 0400
8. Newhaven - VACANT
9. Rhyll – VACANT
10. San Remo - VACANT
11. Silverleaves - VACANT
12. Smiths Beach - VACANT
13. Sunset Strip - VACANT
14. Surf Beach - VACANT
15. Sunderland Bay - VACANT
The Zone Representatives’ responsibilities
may appear to be many, but properly organ-
ised, should take very little of your time:
A) Raising awareness of WIN within the
zone via an information table, on occasions.
B) Encouraging cooperation between resi-
dents in the zone.
C) Providing a communication link be-
tween ‘Community Eyes’ representatives in
your area; the area committee and the police
D) Establishing and maintaining a zone
map, including number of houses, vacant
blocks and highlighting holiday homes.
E) Maintaining communication with resi-
dents, and passing on resident concerns at
A Zone Representative needs to be com-
fortable about having their name and phone
contact details on promotional material for
their zone, or in the local paper so contact
can be made with them.
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