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21/06/2013
Kelly Humphries

G’day Everyone,

The year has flown by so far and it has been busy! There are a couple of things that I would like to address quickly, if I may.

I'll try and keep this short, but I cannot stress enough to be vigilant with monitoring mobile phone usage and social networking sites. This is a huge problem and will only continue to get worse. There are still instances of cyber-bullying happening and other related offences. Be mindful. If this is happening, first try blocking the person and don’t engage with them on Facebook at all!

I would ask that upon coming back for Term 3, that you pick up your children at the designated pick up and drop off zones at the school. Children have been gathering en mass at local takeaway shops waiting to be picked up and subsequently committing public nuisance offences at these locations. At this stage I have continually issued warnings, however the public complaints will force me to start formally charging people with public nuisance offences if we do not address this issue. The school pick up and drop off areas are designated for a reason, please pick your children up at these locations and I’m sure everyone will be a lot happier.

On a more positive note, because we are going into the school holidays here is a reminder to be vigilant in regards your personal safety.  Here are some tips for you.  

Whether staying at home with family and friends or heading outdoors for the holidays, being committed to your safety is fundamental. It can be as simple as being aware of your surroundings and body language. 

  • Display an air of confidence; try to appear comfortable in your surroundings. 

  • Your body language demonstrates your confidence so stand tall and walk with a purpose.

  • Don’t try and go anywhere on your own and let someone know where you are going at all times.

If you are going away to a new area, do some research before you leave to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. An awareness of your surroundings will enable you to be more alert to possible dangers and also identify places or people who may be able to provide assistance if required.

  • Trust and act on your instincts.  If you feel unsafe, remove yourself from the source of potential  danger regardless of whether the person is known to you or not.

Lastly, develop a personal safety plan and have a safety network. Make sure that if you are going away, you tell someone trusted where you are going, your expected travel route and when you expect to return.

 Some additional safety tips when out and about are:

  • Carry a mobile phone

  • Avoid areas where you don’t feel safe such as short-cuts through parks or vacant land in darkness.

  • Keep cash and valuables you carry to a minimum.

  • Use a bag that can be secured, i.e. with a zip 

Hold your wallet or handbag close to you (don’t leave in a trolley, on the back of a chair or under a table. 

When leaving your house, make sure you lock up. It is the holidays and this tends to mean a spike in property crime.

Thank-you for your assistance, please stay safe and vigilant on the roads as you travel over the holidays. Look forward to seeing you all next term.  

Regards,

Kelly HUMPHRIES

School Based Police Officer