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eNewsletter #467 - 22 September 2020

This weekly eNewsletter is compiled by Neighbourhood Watch volunteers as a service for residents in Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby council areas. The eNewsletter is a new type of Neighbourhood Watch; utilising the available technology to keep people more connected and up-to-date with local crime and safety issues. 

The eNewsletter includes a selection of posts from our local police at the Ku-ring-gai PAC Facebook page (also known as 'eyewatch'), primarily for those not familiar with Facebook. We add anything interesting from a Neighbourhood Watch point-of-view - this could be a local newspaper article, a roadwork warning, crime prevention tip(s), an upcoming Neighbourhood Watch meeting, Q&As from residents, or an item from another Police command ("Crooks know no boundaries!").

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20 September, from NSW Police Force
A man has been charged following a serious crash in Sydney’s north west earlier this year.
About 12.10am on Sunday 5 April 2020, a Mazda 626 was travelling west on Sermelfi Drive, Glenorie, when it left the road and struck a power pole.
The driver, a 20-year-old man, was taken to Westmead Hospital with minor injuries. He also underwent mandatory testing.
His passenger, a 16-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries and was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a critical condition. He has since been released.
Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Following inquiries, the driver, now aged 21, was issued a Court Attendance Notice about 1.30pm yesterday (Friday 18 September 2020) for the offences of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm- drive manner dangerous, drive with low range PCA, negligent driving (occasions grievous bodily harm), and not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.
He is due to appear at Blacktown Local Court on Tuesday 3 November 2020.
19 September, from NSW Road Safety - NSW GOV
Average speed cameras are being installed on motorways and in tunnels across Sydney in response to the increase in heavy vehicles travelling through the city.
Where average speed cameras are already operating in NSW, there’s been a 44% reduction in fatalities from crashes involving heavy vehicles – compared to the 5 years before the cameras’ installation.
Watch video here.
19 September, from Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command
There isn’t a week that goes by without somebody wanting to organise a rally or protest of some sort. Whether it be about something close to their heart or taking up someone else’s ‘battle’ police have to be on their toes, ensuring the rights and safety of all.
Well, a protest about ‘Fairy bread’ is to take place this weekend in Hornsby. But don’t worry, we have it under control even though hundreds and thousands are expected to attend.
Have a great weekend and remember;
if you see something or hear something suspicious, please report the incident as close to the time of the incident as possible.
“000” Triple Zero for emergency or life-threatening situations
“131444” Police Assistance Line (PAL) for non-emergencies
“1800 333 000” Crime Stoppers – to provide crime information
9476 9799 - Hornsby Police
9418 5399 - Gordon Police
18 September, from NSW police Force: Stop the spread of bad driver behaviour.
18 September, from NSW Police Force: There's no excuse!
18 September, from Ku-ring-gai Police area Command
Save Time, Report Non-Emergency Crimes Online!
Now it’s easier to use while still being confidential and always secure.
Police Community Portal.
18 September, from Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command
Police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the male shown in the image below.
He may be able to assist with inquiries into an incident that that occurred at O’Loughlin’s Medical Pharmacy and Priceline Pharmacy at St Ives Shopping Village on the 6th September 2020.
If you can assist, please call Hornsby Police Station on 9476 9799 and quote event number E76356363.
17 September, from NSW Road Safety - NSW GOV
With the weather warming up, more motorcyclists will be out exploring our great scenic roads. Before heading out on a ride, make sure to refresh your skills.
here to test your skills and reactions and get some top tips.
17 September, from Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command
Missing Person - Karina Tomsia
Police are appealing for public assistance to find a female missing from Sydney’s east.
Karina Tomsia, aged 38, was last seen in the Bondi area in 2018.
Officers from Hornsby Police Area Command were notified by a relative after it was revealed that the Missing person closed/discontinued all social media in 2017.
Karina is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 165 - 175cm tall, 60 – 70kg, with blonde hair, blue/grey eyes and a fair complexion.
Karina previously resided in the Hornsby and Bondi areas.
Anyone with information about the possible whereabouts of Karina is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or visit website here. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
16 September, from Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command
Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is everyone's responsibility.
Your local Police, Multicultural and Aboriginal liaison officers are working together to get the message out, and we need your help.
Wash your hands regularly, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others and get tested if you feel unwell.
Together we can stop the spread.
Watch video here.

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 14 October: Gordon Area 3/4 (Turramurra) NHW meeting tbc.
Thursday 08 October: PCYC Driver Education programs 9:30- 2:30pm
Saturday 31 October: PCYC Driver Education programs 11-2pm Info
Sunday 25 October: NHW NSW Inc AGM @ Ryde/Eastwood Leagues Club 1-5pm. tbc whether face-to-face or via Zoom.
Thursday 12 November: PCYC Driver Education programs 4:30-7:30pm
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 November: Garage Sale Trail Info
Tuesday 24 November: Gordon/Killara/East Killara/some St Ives Neighbourhood Watch AGM 7-9pm via Zoom. Email for details.
Saturday 28 November: PCYC Driver Education programs 3-6pm
22 September, from
We often hear of people putting donations by the charity bins and outside the closed charity shops. It is illegal for many reasons. Here is an article detailing elsewhere in the country. Same happens here.
Brisbane residents hit with dumping fines after trying to donate to charity - read article here.
21 September, from How to prevent parcel theft

Most crime is opportunistic.  A thief sees a chance and takes it.  And the changes to our lifestyles caused by the COVID 19 pandemic have created new opportunities for the opportunistic thief.

As we move our regular shopping to online, we have in turn increased the risk of our property being stolen – before we even have a chance to unwrap the parcel.

The Daily Mail reported in March this year that 1 in 4 parcels were stolen in Australia in 2019 and it was anticipated that this would increase by 20% in 2020.  This prediction was prior to the huge boom in online shopping that we are experiencing due to the COVID 19 restrictions.

Australia Post reported over 1 million parcels were stolen last year and that is only going to rise.

Read full story here.
21 September, from
This article includes a list of restaurants fined this week, unfortunately with one in St Ives.
Korean barbecue restaurant fined after diners caught sharing crockery, utensils - read more here
21 September, from NRMA Insurance
Kids can be fiddly – especially in the backseat. Before they’re old enough to reach the door handle it’s probably best to turn on those child safety locks. How old were your kids when you started using child safety locks in your vehicle?
Read more here.
21 September, from NSW Road Safety - NSW GOV
Increasing your speed - even by just a few kilometres - can significantly increase the risk of death or serious injury, to yourself or others. Stay under the speed limit and drive to the conditions.
18 September, Shared with permission from the Thornleigh, Westleigh and Normanhurst Community group:
Someone came into the backyard of our newly purchased home, ripped out 8 hedge plants, took 7, left one on the ground, also emptied out and took 2 large expensive pots. Presumably put the 7 plants in the pots and walked away with them all.
On Nelson street. I thought it was a safe neighbourhood. It’s shocking & disheartening.
Please be careful, watchful and watch out for your neighbours' houses too.
17 September, from Northern Beaches Police Area Command
Increasingly, we're hearing of pedestrians heading to or from refuge islands in the middle of roads expecting cars to stop.
A pedestrian refuge is not a designated crossing.
They're on busy or wide roads to help pedestrians, particularly young people and the elderly, cross in two, safer stages.
Pedestrians, and particularly young people, should not expect drivers to stop as they approach a refuge, unless there's also a marked crossing on the road.
Drivers should always be alert to pedestrians on our roads.
16 September, from

Read full story here.
16 September, from Good citizen loses life savings trying to help police

When Ann Miles received a call telling her that her bank account had been scammed, she was alarmed. The caller had her account details and claimed to be from the St George Bank fraud team.

When she questioned his legitimacy, he gave her a number to call back on "and the girl said to me 'St George bank fraud section can I help you?' It was how a business should operate."

The scammer told Ms Miles they needed her to play a role in an AFP operation to catch a network of scam artists.

Read full story here.
16 September, from Stay Smart Online
Every week the Australian Cyber Security Centre receives cybercrime reports from people who have lost money through remote access scams.
If you receive a phone call out of the blue about your computer and remote access is requested – hang up – even if they mention a well-known company.
Protect yourself from remote access scams here.
16 September, from Crime Stoppers NSW
16 September, from Neighbourhood Watch - Gordon
Gordon Neighbourhood Watch Area 24/12 had a Committee meeting for two reasons; to merge the bank balance from the East Killara Neighbourhood Watch Area 25/26 into the Gordon Area 24/12 account, and to discuss the upcoming AGM scheduled for Tuesday 24 November 2020 in relation to the Covid pandemic restrictions. Here are the Summary Notes from that meeting.
The outcome of the discussions on the AGM was that the meeting would be held online instead of people meeting in person at the Gordon Library. The date and time remain the same: 7pm Tuesday 24 November 2020. More about the meeting to follow nearer the time.
Gordon hold the money that finances the website for NHW in Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby. Julia (Gordon Area 24 Coordinator & Coordinator for NHW in K-ring-gai & Hornsby) requested payment for the annual fees for hosting and domain name charges. Because the 26 November 2019 AGM had been postponed due to the mini tornado, and then the new 31 March 2020 date failed due to Covid, the amount owed to Julia was building up! All of this information will be declared openly and transparently at the online AGM. We hope to see you there 🙂
16 September, from East Killara Neighbourhood Watch

East Killara Neighbourhood Watch Area 25/26 had a committee meeting to pass the motion that merged their bank account with that of Gordon Area 24/12. If you remember, we already share AGM/gettogether meetings with Gordon, as well as newsletters. The bank balance was approximately $462. This will be confirmed at the next combined AGM scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 24 November 2020 via an online Zoom meeting. More about the meeting nearer the time.
16 September, from NSW Fair Trading

These are some examples of what can go wrong when you don’t hire appropriately qualified tradespeople. Always check that the person you are hiring is licenced and ask for references. Check

Emergency (Police/Fire/Ambulance): 000
TTY: 106

NSW Police - Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command (PAC): 9476 9799
Hornsby Police Station, 292 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby 2077

Local Police Facebook page: 
@Kuring Gai PAC 
Non-emergency two-way communication

Police Assistance Line (PAL): 131 444
For non-urgent minor crime (Only victims may report.)

NSW Police Community Portal
Online reporting of non-emergency minor crime: lost property, intentional damage, graffiti or theft.

Interpreting & Translating Services: 131 450

NSW Police - website for crime prevention advice
Never be afraid or embarrassed to report a crime, concern or fear you have to the Police. The Police are here to help you.

Crime Stoppers NSW: 1800 333 000
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NHW Galston, Glenorie, Arcadia & Dural (Rural Areas) Facebook Group
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