How can I help
If you live near a school and see or hear suspicious behaviour, immediately telephone: School Watch Security on 1800 177 777 or Police on 131 444.
When you telephone School Watch Security, Department security officers can quickly attend schools in the metropolitan area. Police will attend if called.
School Watch - How your call helps
Your call could prevent break-ins, vandalism, graffiti or even arson. Ensuring your school is well cared for reflects on your community and contributes to the value of surrounding residential properties, so it’s worth it!
At the local level, school principals are encouraged to promote School Watch and, where possible, provide feedback through newsletters and the local news media in instances where residents’ calls have been valuable.
Each month, School Watch receives an average of 200 calls from the public. During holiday periods the number increases significantly. So your involvement really makes a difference.
What to look for?
- The most important times for you to be vigilant are during school holidays as schools are unattended and therefore more vulnerable than usual to crime.
- Keep in mind that schools are generally large physical areas, with multiple “blind spots”. If you hear unusual noises from within a school, such as glass breaking or banging noises, this might mean people are up to no good.
- Look for unusual vehicles parked at a school on weekends or during holidays.
- Watch for groups “hanging around” on school grounds. This should not occur and can be one of the starting points for crime to occur.
Schools can contact Security at the Department of Education for School Watch signs to display around the school and neighbouring streets.
For other promotional materials and to find out more about the School Watch program, telephone Neighbourhood Watch State Office on 9222 1513.