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NWL March Newsletter

Dear NWL Members:

As we enter March 2020 in the mist of this COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to reach out to you with suggestions and tips on how you and your watch area can remain safe and healthy.

COVID-19 Fraud Alert

Unfortunately, this pandemic is being seized by some as an opportunity to create new types of fraud. Be cautious of suspicious emails, especially those claiming to be from the government, financial institutions or the World Health Organization – especially if they require you to click on a link or provide personal information.

Remember, if the email makes you feel skeptical, if it seems too urgent, and consists solely of directing you to click a link, be cautious!

Don’t Panic

While it is important to protect the health & safety of our community, remember that Canada is doing quite well relative to other nations in terms of its COVID-19 response and cases. There is no need to rush to the grocery store and hoard items, or otherwise over react. Remember to show compassion for your fellow community members during these difficult times. With that in mind…

Social Distancing is not Social Isolation

There may be members in your watch who due to health reasons may not be able to go shopping, or might experience a shortage of certain necessities, such as toilet paper, milk, eggs, flour, etc… Be mindful of these members, and try to coordinate with fellow watch members to check in on these people. We do advise you to maintain social distancing, as checkins can be done over the phone or via email, and drop off of food and other items can be left outside the home to reduce the potential for infection.

Self-Isolate if Necessary

If you present COVID-19 symptoms such as a new or worsening cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, consult a physician. Additional resources such as Telehealth are also available to you. If you have travelled to a COVID-19 affected region in the past 30 days or you are in close contact with someone who has, please consider self-isolating for a period of 14 days.

Be Considerate of Parents

With school closures, many parents, particularly those that are unable to work from home, face limited childcare options. This may mean that more children are playing on the street, or that your neighbours may be in need of childcare options. Please be patient and considerate of young families in your watch areas during these difficult times.

Practice WHO Recommended Health Advice

WHO (World Health Organization) has an excellent page with practical COVID-19 tips. You can view them here.

Getting in Touch With Us

As part of our commitment to protecting the health of our community, our offices are closed until further notice. We remain available to you via email – info@nwlondon.ca.

Past Newsletters

If you missed February (or any other newsletters), just visit https://nwlondon.ca/news/ to get caught up.

Thank you for your support and patience during these difficult times. Remember to practice kindness and stay healthy & safe!

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NWL COVID-19 Update

Dear NWL Members:

As COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus continues to challenge how we work and deliver service, we would like to inform you that our offices are closed until at least April 6th. We remain available to you via e-mail – info@nwlondon.ca – should you have any questions or concerns. Please watch this space for COVID-19 tips for you and your community.

Thank you, and stay healthy!

Sincerely,

Rodolfo Martinez

for the NWL Team

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February 2020 Newsletter

Greetings!

Thank you for all of us at Neighbourhood Watch London as we work towards building a stable and sustainable future for our organization.  We appreciate those of you who have provided email lists of your Watch members so that we can maintain an up-to-date database.

Keeping You Informed

As many of you know, NWL is working on an app that will make it easier to keep on top of community events, outreach activities, and communicating with Watch members. We hope to have this app up and running by…….

Did You Know

The City of London is in the process of developing its Community Safety & Well Being Plan. This is a Government of Ontario mandated plan that municipalities are required to have in place by January 2021. For information, and to complete a survey visit the website www.london.ca.

The Community Crime Map can be accessed on our NWL website www.nwlondon.ca. It can also be accessed through the London Police website www.londonpolice.ca. The website also provides crime statistics, which can be found by going to the tab “About” and clicking on “Crime Statistics”.

Seasonal Safety

Winter is a popular time to travel to warmer climates. If you are going to be away from your residence, here are some tips:

  • Set light timers to turn on and off at different times in different rooms to make it appear someone is at home.
  • Install motion-activated lights near doors and windows outside your home.
  • Put blocks of wood in the tracks of sliding doors and windows to prevent them from being opened.

Stay safe, and be sure to watch this space for more updates.

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January 2020 Newsletter

2020: Starting a Year of Clarity

We hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday, and that this year is treating you well. As we continue a period of change for our organization, we wanted to provide a brief update, along with some resources.

Our forthcoming app is expected to launch this Spring, and will be a great tool to connect you to community resources, as well as helping to coordinate Watch information and activity. Don’t worry – as soon as it is ready we will let you know.

2020: A Unique Opportunity for Fraud

While we are excited for this new year, it also represents a unique opportunity for fraud that does not come around often.

Most of us might date a document or a cheque using only the last two digits of the year. Normally this would not be an issue, but 2020 represents an odd case: if you date something 01/17/20, a fraudster could append a series of numbers to the date. This date could easily become 01/27/2019, or future dated, to something like 01/17/2021.

Just remember, until we ring in 2021, write out the full year on any legal documents or cheques. You can read more here.

Preventing Fraud as we Approach Tax Season

CRA’s (Canada Revenue Agency) April 30th deadline is approaching. As it does, expect a ramp up in CRA phone scams. Scammers will call pretending to be CRA representatives, threatening arrest, legal action or asset seizure unless if payment is made immediately. These scammers try to catch people off guard, and in many cases have demanded payment in the form of gift cards or Western Union transfers.

If you receive a questionable call from CRA, hang up, and call an officially listed CRA number. Don’t let yourself be a victim to one of the most massive frauds affecting Canadians today.

Here’s a helpful video that we hope you will share with your fellow Watch members:

CRA Fraud Video from CBC – The National

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter, and be sure to follow us on facebook and twitter for updates, including our next newsletter!