NWL March 2023 Anti Fraud Update

Vishing? Phishing? Smishing?

….. Confusing? You bet! They’re all terms to describe cyber scams.  March is Fraud Prevention Month, and the Canadian Bankers Association has a quiz on their website to test your fraud awareness. Here’s the link Fraud Prevention Quiz 

Just so you know….

Vishing refers to “Voice Fishing”. Scammers leave a voice message asking you to reveal personal information.

Phishing is when the cyber criminal sends emails and creates websites designed to look like they’re part of legitimate companies.

Smishing involves (SMS) text messages on your mobile phone asking you to click on a link.

“Take Five Tell Two”

This is an approach recommended by OPP outlined in a recent CBC news report.

If someone approaches you with a pitch, take five minutes to think about it, and bounce the pitch off two different people you trust.

Other advice: 

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited  text messages, calls and emails
  • Don’t send money to someone you don’t know (especially cryptocurrency)
  • Don’t share information over the phone, text or email with people you don’t know
  • Be wary if there’s a sense of urgency to pay money
  • Read the fine print
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NWL February 2023 Anti-Fraud Update

Do you think this is screenshot of: 

  1. A visitor to someone’s home?
  2. A delivery person?
  3. A stranded motorist?
  4. A suspect in a recent grandparents scam?

For the answer (in case you hadn’t guessed it!), click on the link to this news report from February 3rd,  CTV News Ottawa This winter the RCMP, OPP, and the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre (CAFC) launched a special campaign to raise awareness of emergency-grandparents scams involving seniors. Last year, a staggering $9.2 million was lost to these scams according to the CAFC. That’s up from $2.4 million in 2021. 

How does the scam work? How can you protect yourself?  Go to the CAFC website for important safety tips. Grandparents scams on the rise 

And this reminder that scams can hit close to home….

Grandparents Scam’ Hits Ilderton

Feb 22, 2023 | 10:49 AM from Strathroy Today 

“Middlesex OPP were called to a business in Ilderton on February 16th around 1:45 pm for fraud. The  person came to the business to get additional funds after paying an unknown person $8400 as a result of the ‘Grandparents’ scam.

The victim got a phone call from the unknown person claiming to be a law firm out of London. The caller told the victim their grandson was in a collision and arrested and needed bail money. A person came to the victims house to collect the money. The fraudster then told the victim an additional $11,000 was needed to grant bail.” Grandparents Scam Hits Ilderton

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London Community News – May 2022

Welcome to London Community News! It’s a fresh, new look for our Neighbourhood Watch London newsletter, to reflect our connection with Over55 Skills at Work. We’ll be presenting the same timely content, on staying safe, secure and engaged in the London community. However, we’ll be expanding our readership to welcome Over55. 

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NWL March 2022 Newsletter

Spring officially arrived on March 20th. The team at NWL wishes you all the best as we welcome the season.


The War in Ukraine – How You Can Help

Providing Relief for Ukraine

On February 24th, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the beginning of a “special military operation” aimed at the “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.” Shortly thereafter, Russian attacks began on cities across the country, including the capital city of Kyiv.

The people of Ukraine need our help during these times of war. Unfortunately, war brings opportunity for scams and other crime, so we have put together a list of reputable organizations.

Global Affairs Canada will match donations made by Canadians to the Canadian Red Cross’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.  According to Global Affairs Canada: 

“The Canadian Red Cross will in turn allocate the total amount of funding to support the efforts of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, other International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in responding to the humanitarian needs caused by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. These critical funds will allow the Red Cross to support immediate and ongoing relief efforts and other critical humanitarian activities, both in Ukraine and in surrounding countries, including support for populations that have been displaced.”

Links for those interested in giving:

Global Affairs Canada response to humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

Want to help Ukraine? Several Canadian charities accepting monetary donations for humanitarian aid – Toronto Star

How to donate to assist Ukraine relief efforts – Global News


February 2022 Newsletter


The Government of Ontario announced this month that it will end its proof of vaccination system, effective March first. The province also moved into the second phase of the COVID-19 reopening plan this month. Requirements for masks will remain in place at this time. For details visit the Health Unit’s website.

COVID Scam awareness

The M-L Health Unit is also warning people to be aware of a text/telephone scam. A fraudulent message leads to a fake Health Unit telephone number, where a scammer obtains personal information. To find out more, go to: MLHU Notice of Text/Telephone Scam

Safer Internet Day

February 7th was Safer Internet Day. The theme for 2022 was “Together for a better internet.” This worldwide event aims to make the internet safer for everyone, especially young people and children. OPP tweeted the following to help raise awareness.

Fire Safety

A timely reminder during the winter months from the Fire Marshal’s office.

Enjoying Winter Safely

The City of London is urging residents to enjoy winter safely, and offers this advice on its website. “Stormwater management ponds are not safe for skating, hockey, sledding or any form of recreational activity at any time of year. Residents should also use caution to ensure their safety when tobogganing.”

For more information: Winter safety

And don’t forget this good advice!

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. The London Black History Coordinating Committee has a list of events that are featured throughout the month on its website, which reads:  “20 Years! Respecting the Past, Embracing the Present, Impacting the Future is our theme for 2022.”

Over55 London & Neighbourhood Watch London 50/50 Draw

Congratulations to Donna S, winner of $1,000 in our 50/50 draw held January 31st. And thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. Money raised will help support both of these great organizations.

…and of course, Kanine Kudos!

Until next time, stay safe!


September 2021 Newsletter

Greetings from Neighbourhood Watch London!

September marks the beginning of fall, and we hope the new season brings you health, happiness, and peace of mind.

Ontario’s Vaccine Passport

Ontario’s new COVID vaccine passport plan was introduced this month. It requires residents to show proof they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors at restaurants and go to gyms and theatres. Here are some highlights via CBC News Vaccine Passport. Meanwhile, the Middlesex London Health Unit has set up a new vaccination clinic at White Oaks Mall. The walk-in-clinic will operate from September 14th to September 25th. For information, go to the Health Unit’s website MLHU Vaccination Clinic

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be recognized as a federal statutory holiday for the first time. It will be a designated paid holiday for federally-regulated employees. It’s held to promote awareness of the residential school system and the impact on Indigenous communities.

Mark Your Calendars

On Thursday October 7th, 2021 the Neighbourhood Watch London Annual General Meeting will be available for download by visiting this link. Once again, we are holding our AGM as a virtual event due to COVID.

Money Mules and Phishing:  Strange “Animals” & Fraud Awareness

You’ve probably heard of phishing. For example, a scammer sends you an email from a recognizable company, in an attempt  to trick you into providing financial information. But you may not be familiar with money mules. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, there’s an increasing number of fraud networks that recruit unsuspecting victims to receive and transfer money from other victims. According to Money Mule Awareness this is often done using bank wire transfers, email money transfers, money services, businesses and virtual currencies. On Thursday September 30th, at 1 p.m. Neighbourhood Watch London presents the third in a series of fraud awareness for seniors. Join Tom Cheel of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre on a Zoom call that will be focusing on internet fraud. You can join via Zoom here.

Back to School

September is, of course, back to school time. London police recommend parents talk to their children about safety precautions and consider the following safety tips.

  • Establish the safest route to school or the bus stop
  • Encourage children to stick to the route and avoid shortcuts
  • To always walk on the sidewalk or away from the roadway
  • Remind children not talk to people they don’t know

For children learning from home, police also have some safety tips for parents.

  • Have age appropriate conversations about digital use with children
  • Establish your household expectations about things like text messages, location information sharing, etc.
  • Explore parental controls to monitor what children can access through device management programs such as parental controls

Recognizing this can be a stressful time for families, the London District Catholic School Board has a feature on its website that offers advice on coping. For example, asking everyone to think about their level of calm and give it a score of one to ten. Finding Calm During Stressful Times

For more information visit: Back to School Safety Tips

Ideas in Action

Do you have a great idea for a community improvement project? The City of London is inviting residents to share their ideas through the Neighbourhood Decision Making program Neighbourhood Decision Making Individual programs are eligible for up to $30,000 in funding. The deadline for applications is September 21, 2021. For more information email or phone 519 661-5336. Project ideas can also be submitted online by clicking

The City of London is inviting residents to cast their ballots for the People’s Choice categories of the Urban Design Awards. By going online, you can help choose the winner from among 15 recent projects. Nominees include new residential high rises, rehabilitated heritage buildings and improved public spaces. Voting is open until the end of September. Urban Design Awards

A Shout-out to a Local Hero on Twitter


NWL August 2021 Newsletter

Anti-Fraud Seminar

A reminder that NWL will be hosting the second in a series of Zoom webinars on seniors and fraud prevention. Join us Thursday August 26, 2021 at 1 p.m. when Tom Cheel from the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre will be discussing identity theft.

You can join the meeting via Zoom using this link

Did you miss our first Anti-Fraud Seminar? Don’t worry! You can view it here.

COVID-19 Update

As summer winds down, we are reminded to be aware of pandemic precautions under Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. As well, with the number of COVID cases on the rise, the Middlesex London Health Unit continues to urge people to get vaccinated. A list of walk-in pop-up vaccine clinics can be found on the Health Unit’s website. MLHU Walk-in pop-up COVID Vaccination Clinics

LPS is Recruting Auxiliary Officers

Do you have the right stuff? The London Police Service is currently recruiting auxiliary police officers. According to the LPS website:

“While auxiliaries work with sworn officers, they can be distinguished by a light blue uniform shirt and ‘Auxiliary’ shoulder flash, as well as a black-and-red checker-patterned hat band. There is a competitive selection process that includes an interview, physical fitness testing and a detailed background security check. Applicants must commit to serving a minimum of 15 hours a month for two years. Once selected, they must successfully complete 60 hours of training that includes presentations on everything from the law and use-of-force procedures to drug and major crime investigations.”

For information go to: LPS Auxiliary Police

Uniform Crime Reporting Survey

Statistics Canada is looking for feedback on the collection of police-reported statistics on racialized and Indigenous identity via its Uniform Crime Reporting Survey. The Survey is being done in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

   “This engagement will be used to collect feedback on the value of collecting Indigenous and racialized identity data through the UCR Survey, but also feedback on how should the police report the data, what information should be reported by the police, how the data should be used, and any other related concerns. This initiative is a first step toward gathering data that will help shed light on the experiences of Indigenous and racialized groups as they relate to policing and the criminal justice system more broadly.” Source: Statistics Canada website.

Information can be found at: Uniform Crime Reporting Survey 

A timely tweet from OPP: 

#NottyOPP reminding the public to be vigilant when it comes to “Emergency Scams” otherwise known as “The Grandparent Scam” If you have questions call Nottawasaga OPP or reach out to @canantifraud #CommunityEngagement @NewTecumseth @essatownship @adjtostwp

Increased Complaints on Motorcycle Racing and Stunts

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In the news….a CBC report last month focuses on a rise in motorcycle sales this summer, and an increase in complaints to London police about racing and stunts. Riding your motorcycle this summer? Slow down.

City of London e-scooter and cargo e-bike feedback

The City of London has been collecting feedback from residents and businesses about the use of e-scooters and large cargo e-bikes. E-scooters are powered by an electric motor, and transport people by standing on a platform. Large e-cargo bikes have a pedal-assisted  motor and a platform or box to carry passengers or items. The aim of the survey is to see whether existing rules of the road are adequate, as well as whether an e-scooter share program could be implemented in London. More information can be found at: City of London & e scooters

Until September, stay safe!

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July 2021 Newsletter

Save the Date: Anti-Fraud Seminar

Save the Date! Neighbourhood Watch London is pleased to be hosting a series of webinars on seniors and fraud awareness with the support of New Horizons and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

A total of four seminars will be held in the coming months. The sessions will be led by Tom Cheel from the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre’s Senior Support team. Tom is a former detective with the Toronto Police Service, with a specialization in financial crime. The first webinar will be held via Zoom Thursday, July 29th at 1 p.m. Keep an eye out in your email inbox for your invitation to participate in the webinars. 

COVID-19 Update

Ontario moved into step three of the Roadmap to Reopen July 16th. That includes outdoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 100 people, and indoor gatherings of up to 25 people.  As COVID cases decline and restrictions ease, the Middlesex London Health Unit recommends holding outdoor gatherings as much as possible, and continuing to follow guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing. For more information, visit the Middlesex-London Health Unit website.

Heat Exhaustion

Are you at risk? With summer in full swing, it’s once again time to be aware of heat warnings. These warnings coincide with Environment Canada forecasting a daily high temperature of 31 degrees or higher for two consecutive days. People most at risk include the elderly, infants, and those with chronic health conditions. According to the Middlesex London Health Unit, seek help if you experience the following:

  • Heat cramps: symptoms include painful muscle cramps 
  • Heat exhaustion: signs include heavy sweating, dizziness, and nausea
  • Heat stroke: symptoms include headache, confusion, and fainting. Skin may be hot and dry.

Information can be found at: Extreme Heat 

Operation Safe Driver

Operation Safe Driver week was held July 11-17 in 2021. The annual event is designed to promote awareness across North America relating to commercial and passenger vehicle drivers. This year’s focus was on speeding. According to the U.S.-based Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, speeding was the most frequent factor in crashes involving trucks and automobiles. Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation joined in the campaign to target unsafe driving as part of Operation Safe Driver week.

LPS Summer Safety Tips

London Police are providing summer safety advice on their website here.

Tips include:

  • Assign a trusted family member or friend to periodically check on your home and collect any mail or flyers for you while you are gone.
  • Ensure there are proper safeguards in place to keep children safe around the pool
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle, even if the windows are rolled down. It only takes a minute to heat up and doing so could have tragic consequences.

We hope that you have a great summer, and we look forward to updating you in our August newsletter!

Sincerely, the NWL Team.


June 2021 Newsletter

June brought a tragic reminder of just how much needs to be done to combat racism, acts of hate, and Islamophobia. As thousands of people, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, gathered June 8th in solidarity, a message from the London Muslim Mosque on its website highlighted next steps: “We will be calling for an immediate National Action Summit on Islamophobia, where federal, provincial, and municipal/territorial leaders come together to take immediate action on dismantling both violent forms of Islamophobia and systemic Islamophobia. These actions are necessary to ensure that no one else suffers the way #OurLondonFamily has suffered.” 

NWL is On The Move!

NWL has moved out of its long-standing offices at 652 Elizabeth St. Our landlord, the City of London, required all tenants to vacate the building. And while the future of the building is not known, the fascinating history of what’s called “T Block” is chronicled in the government website Canada’s Historic Places. Once we are safely able to move back into our offices, we will be sharing space with Over55. Please stay tuned for updates. In the  meantime,  you can contact us via email at

COVID-19 Update

Ontario moved into Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, June 11th. That includes measures that will allow restaurant patio dining for groups of up to four people, outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, and limited access to non-essential retail stores. The roadmap is a 3-step approach to reopening, based on vaccination rates and public health indicators. For more information visit: Roadmap to Reopening

Highway Safety

There are some alarming numbers from Ontario Provincial Police about highway safety. According to the OPP, from January to the end of May 2021, 94 people were killed in 88 fatal crashes on the province’s roads compared to 87 deaths in 78 fatal crashes in the same time period for 2020. Thirty-six percent of deaths on OPP patrolled roads occured in May. OPP say speeding and driver inattention were the leading causes of fatal collisions. See more at OPP Road Safety 

Boating Reminders

If you’re heading out on area waterways for the summer season, here are some safety reminders from the Canadian Safe Boating Council.

  • Wear your lifejacket. More than 80% of Canadians who drown were not   wearing a lifejacket, or not wearing it properly.
  • Boat sober.
  • Be prepared. Make sure your boat is properly equipped with the required safety gear and that the weather is suitable for your voyage.

You can download Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide by clicking: Safe Boating Guide

We hope that you stay safe and healthy, and look for more updates in July!

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May 2021 Newsletter

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COVID-19 Update

While we all continue to observe pandemic protocols, the month of May has brought some key developments. This includes extending vaccine eligibility for people 18 years and older, as well as the announcement of a 3-step reopening plan by the province of Ontario. The reopening plan involves easing restrictions through June, July and August beginning with a focus on resuming outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and basketball. Access to indoor activities, such as visiting galleries, is addressed in the third phase.

Mental Health Awareness

For the past 70 years, Mental Health Awareness week has been held in Canada during May. This year, it was observed the week of May third to ninth. In 2021, the Canadian Mental Health Association focus was on understanding our emotions. Acknowledging that people may be feeling especially stressed and anxious because of the pandemic, the CMHA website has some important advice on helping maintain our emotional wellbeing. This includes:

  • Becoming more emotionally “literate”.
  • Understanding how emotions physically impact our bodies.
  • Developing coping skills, such as putting our emotions into words. 

For more information, visit the CMHA website.

Road Safety Awareness

May is also Road Safety Awareness month. ”This annual awareness campaign is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roads. The focus of this campaign continues to be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users at risk: impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and not wearing a seatbelt,” from a post by London police. 

For more go to : Road Safety Awareness

Systemic Racism Research Survey: London Police Services wants to hear from you.

“To this end, the LPS is conducting research, led by Dr. Hina Kalyal, Policy Analyst for LPS to determine to what extent systemic racism exists in our organization, and identify potential solutions Our Systemic Racism Research Survey is seeking those who have either personally interacted with a member of the LPS (civilian or uniformed) in the past, or who have directly and personally observed interactions between a member of the LPS and the public, to provide their feedback and experiences.”

Learn more here: London Police

The Write Stuff

Two London police officers have come up with a product to help write in the dark. It’s a notebook holder embedded with lights. The Nite Write is designed to help police officers take notes in low light or darkness without affecting their night vision. 

Check it out at Nite Write.

That’s it for this month! Until then, take care, and be sure to keep an eye out as we will be posting a summary of our Fraud Awareness 101 very soon!


March/April 2021 Newsletter

COVID Update

In response to the surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations, a provincewide stay-at-home order was issued effective Thursday April 8th. This requires everyone to remain at home, except for essential purposes. Updated regulations are posted on the Middlesex London Health Unit website. The vaccine rollout is also continuing, with updated information which you can view here

Fraud Awareness 

March was Fraud Awareness Month; an event sponsored by the RCMP, the Canadian Anti Fraud Network and the Competition Bureau of Canada. Appropriately, with the number of people online during the pandemic, this year’s focus was on online fraud. Did you know that in 2020 Canadians lost more than $106.4 million to fraud? And of that, $62.6 million was related to online fraud? To help protect yourself, an online resource is being made available called The Little Black Book of Scams, which talks about 12 common scams.

Mark Your Calendars!

On Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. NWL will be hosting an online event with Const. Catherine Fountain from London police. Const. Fountain will be discussing fraud awareness and prevention. The event will be held virtually, and we will be emailing invitations via Eventbrite, so look for it in your inbox. 

Spring Flooding

Spring flooding can be a problem for homeowners. The Home Flood Protection Program based out of the University of Waterloo’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has some spring flood protection tips such as:

  • Remove valuables from your basement 
  • Test your sump pump and battery backup

The Home Flood Protection Program has an online checkup you can access to better understand how to protect your home.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness

The warmer weather means more motorcycles are on the road. To help make the journey safer, here are some tips:

For Motorcyclists:

  • Always wear proper safety gear
  • Drive according to weather conditions and your ability
  • If you have to pull over, know how to conduct a roadside stop properly

For Drivers:

  • Always signal before merging into traffic or changing lanes
  • Ensure you make visual checks for motorcycles by checking blind spots and mirrors
  • Never tailgate 

Additional safety tips can be found at Spring Motorcycle Safety  


January 2021 Newsletter

The new year has brought new challenges, as the province imposed a lockdown beginning January 14th to help prevent the spread of COVID. This requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes including:


NWL December 2020 Newsletter

From our families to yours, we would like to extend our best wishes for the holidays. While the pandemic has made 2020 a very challenging year, our wish is that for all of us 2021 will bring hope, peace and joy. 

NWL On The Move

As part of the City of London’s strategy on homelessness, NWL has been asked to vacate its offices for the time being. As part of this initiative, we will now share our offices with Over 55 from the Kiwanis Seniors Centre at 78 Riverside Drive. As you may be aware from media reports, land adjacent to T-Block is being used as part of an emergency shelter plan for the homeless.

London’s 2 new overnight shelters will require 70 staff, 40 volunteers

As NWL is now overseen by Over55 London, be assured the transition will be smooth. Due to COVID shutdowns, our team will be working remotely until further notice. We remain available to you via email, and we will keep you updated on future developments. 

Protection from Package Theft

According to London Police Services, there’s been a 36% increase in porch package thefts this December, compared to 2019. “With pandemic safety measures coinciding with a holiday season in full-swing, people are turning to online shopping now more than ever. While many businesses are still open, many London residents are choosing to shop online in order to avoid packed shopping malls and grocery stores. Many services have also moved to contactless delivery, no longer requiring a signature upon delivery,” notes the LPS. The London Police Services website has some safety tips including;

  • When possible, arrange for a specific delivery time or window to ensure that you will be home.
  • Monitor your tracking number to ensure that you are around when the package is delivered.
  • Ask a neighbour if they could receive your package if you won’t be home at the time of delivery.

For more prevention tips visit the LPS website Porch Package Theft

Watch Your Vehicles

It’s always important to remember to lock your vehicles. And that’s an especially timely reminder, when we’re out shopping this time of year. Earlier this month, the Insurance Bureau of Canada released its 2020 list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada. “Electronic auto theft is on the rise across the country as more vehicles are equipped with technology like keyless entry remotes,” notes the IBC. “In addition there’s a growing trend, especially during the pandemic in dangerous activities such as street racing…providing a market for small, speedy vehicles.”

Here’s a link to the IBC’s top 10 vehicle theft list

Are You Password Protected?

It can be challenging to manage multiple passwords on the internet. But be aware that using something easy to remember can put you at risk of being hacked.  The internet security company NordPass puts the password 123456 at the top of its list of the 200 worst passwords for 2020, noting that it can take hackers less then one second to crack Most common passwords of 2020

To create a strong password, the Better Business Bureau recommends it should be at least 8 characters long, with upper and lower case letters along with numbers and symbols. The BBB says it’s best to avoid using family and pet names as well as birthdays. For suggestions  visit BBB Tip: How to Create a Strong Password


Our AGM will take place virtually on January 27th, with details posted on our website and in our January newsletter.

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday! See You in 2021!


NWL November 2020 Newsletter

November is a time of remembrance for those who have served their country. Neighbourhood Watch London would like to express our gratitude to the men and women who have given so much in times of war and peace to help us live in this wonderful community.

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NWL Needs Your Support!

As you know, COVID-19 has presented a difficult situation for our entire community, including Neighbourhood Watch London. Our goal is to continue to serve you, and we hope that you will consider supporting us with either an NWL Plus membership – $25 a year – or a one-time donation. Any amounts of $20 or more are tax deductible. You can learn more here.

Crime Prevention Week

The first week of November is Crime Prevention Week in Ontario. It’s dedicated to raising awareness of safety, and is supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ministry of the Solicitor General, and police services across Ontario. Because of the pandemic, the London Police Service used social media this year to share crime prevention tips and messages. A live Q & A was also held where members of the public could provide input. 

“During difficult times such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, so many people in our community are feeling anxious. That’s why it is especially important to come together to prevent crimes before they start. Many crimes are preventable and Crime Prevention Week is a great opportunity for Londoners to think about what they can do to keep their families, neighbourhoods, schools, and workplaces safe from criminal activities.” said Sgt. Chris Carne, supervisor of the LPS Community Services Section.

For more tips, visit the London Police Service crime prevention site.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness

November 1-7 also marked Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in Ontario. It’s an annual reminder by the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal to test carbon monoxide detectors as well as ensure all fuel burning appliances, chimneys and outside vents are inspected to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Here is how you can help protect yourself from the dangers of carbon monoxide:

  • Look for signs of exposure which could include flu-like symptoms – headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and in extreme cases, death.
  • If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, get everyone out of the home and into fresh air, and call 9-1-1.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for your carbon monoxide alarms to know the difference between the sound of an alarm and the sound of a low battery or end of life warning. Test your alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the sound of each alarm.

There are more safety tips and information on this Ontario government website.

Road Safety

Here’s a timely tweet from OPP West Region for driving in the fall:

In 2019, OPP responded to more than 500 collisions involving deer, with most occurring during the fall and winter months. To reduce the chances of such an occurrence, the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program publishes Hints for the Highway. These include:

Reduce Speed

Speed is one of the most common factors in vehicle collisions. Speed:

  • Reduces the drivers ability to steer away from objects in the roadway
  • Extends the distance required to stop
  • Increases the force of impact, in the event of a collision

With good road conditions, drivers tend to increase their speed. Some studies suggest that wildlife vehicle collisions occur more than expected on clear nights, on dry road conditions and on long straight stretches. Drivers may tend to be more cautious on curves or in poor weather.

Drive Defensively

Anecdotally, there seems to be some evidence that animals that approach from the right side are avoided more successfully than animals that approach from the left, as drivers headlights illuminate that portion of the road better, and drivers pay close attention to the right hand side of the road and the ditch – so remember to pay equal attention to both the right and left hand sides of the road. 

To Swerve or Not to Swerve?

If animals such as deer are in your way –  think carefully. Is it safe to swerve? Do not take unsafe evasive actions. Serious accidents can occur when drivers lose control of their vehicles trying to avoid an animal. 

For more information visit the following website:

Wildlife Collision Prevention Program

City of London – Parking

Beginning November 1, the City of London requires residents and visitors to obtain an overnight parking pass to park vehicles on city streets. This is in effect until April 30, 2021. The pass is free of charge, however there’s a limit of 15 free passes per vehicle license plate. The passes can be obtained online, or by calling 519-661-4537, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information can be found here: City of London Parking

Fraud Awareness

November is Financial Literacy Awareness Month, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre wants to make Canadians more aware of fraud. So far this year the Centre has received more than 40-thousand reports from Canadians involving 19,000 victims and reported losses exceeding $67 million.  Here are some tips from the Centre on how to protect yourself:

  • Do not trust the information on your call display because it can easily be manipulated
  • Do not provide your personal or financial information on demand
  • Do not open an attachment or click a link in an unsolicited email or text message
  • Create a unique and complicated password for each of your accounts

For additional tips visit:

The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre

Until next month, we hope that you stay healthy, and we look forward to connecting with you in December for our final newsletter of 2020!


October 2020 Newsletter

Greetings From NWL!

What’s New at NWL:

Fall has arrived and we hope you are staying safe, and making the best of the season in these challenging times. Of course the pandemic is top of mind as we look at daily reports of COVID numbers and subsequent measures to curb the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 and Halloween

The pandemic has raised questions and concerns among families about trick-or-treating this year. Recent media reports include comments by Mayor Ed Holder and Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Chris Mackie, which highlight considerations in planning for Halloween. We’ve put together a special Halloween guide for our members, which you can read here: NWL COVID-19 Halloween Tips

A Special Note From London Police Service Regarding Increased Bank Fraud

Be aware of recent reports of personal banking fraud. Here’s how the scam works: The victim is approached by someone who says they’ve lost their wallet or phone. The suspect asks for assistance, sending a fake electronic fund transfer to the victim. The victim is convinced to withdraw cash from an ATM, and hands the money over to the suspect. After the suspect has left the area, the victim realizes they have been defrauded. In another scenario, the victim is asked to deposit a cheque by the suspect into their personal bank account and turn over the money to the suspect. The victim later discovers the cheque was fraudulent.

“The London Police Service would like to remind the public that agreeing to withdraw funds from a bank account for a stranger is very risky, and usually ends up in a situation where the victim loses money. Any time someone wants to use your personal bank account for their benefit, it comes with great risk and should be avoided to protect the integrity of your bank account and personal finances” according to the London Police website.

Why Reporting is Important

A man has been charged after citizens called police following a break and enter at an east-end London business. Police received a call about 11:30 p.m. September 26th, concerning a man said to be holding a shovel outside a Dundas St. building. Officers arrived to find a glass door had been damaged. A man fitting the description of the suspect was taken into custody and property belonging to the business was recovered. To quote police: “We want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public for reporting crimes to the London Police Service. Often things go unreported, and we continue to remind Londoners, when we don’t know – we can’t go.”

Canine Kudos!

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes they have four legs! London police dog Koda, is being credited with helping the Canine Unit catch a stolen vehicle suspect. The vehicle had been taken from south London residence September 28th. Police tracked down the van, and as they approached the vehicle, the suspect fled into an alley. Koda led police to a man hiding inside a large garbage dumpster. The suspect has been charged with theft over $5000.

London’s Strategic Plan – What’s in it For You?

You might want to take some time to familiarize yourself with London’s newest strategic plan. A strategic plan is used by municipalities like London, to outline priorities for the coming years. London’s 2019-2023 strategic plan is available for viewing on the city’s website. Regarding community safety, the plan includes commitments to:

  • Reduce collision-related injuries and fatalities through public education and enhanced traffic enforcement.
  • Reduce crime through increased visibility of community patrols and partnership with other agencies to address multi-jurisdictional criminal activity.
  • Reduce victimization/revictimization through public education, promotion and encouragement of public engagement in crime prevention strategies.

London’s strategic plan also aligns with NWL’s commitment to neighbourhood building, with pledges to:

  • Strengthen engagement opportunities for all Londoners to participate in their neighbourhoods.
  • Support neighbourhood festivals, cultural events and activities across the city.
  • Implement programs and services that respond to neighbourhood recreation needs.

Our New Website is Here!

If you’ve visited recently, then you’ve seen our new design! With COVID-19, we need to transition to digital communications, and our new website has great new information for all of our members. We welcome your feedback, so be sure to e-mail and let us know what you think!

NWL Needs Your Support

COVID-19 has presented challenges for many non-profits, and we are no exception. In order to maintain the viability of NWL, we have created a new tier of membership: NWL Plus. This membership will offer exclusive resources, as well as special discounts and perks from local businesses who are part of our new My Business Neighbourhood Program. Membership is only $25 a year and is tax deductible. You can learn more here.

Until next month, we hope that you stay safe and healthy.

The NWL Team


September 2020 Newsletter

September has brought with it a lot of challenges and change this year because of the pandemic.  It’s a very different back-to-school season for families. And we’re all keeping a close eye on measures like restrictions on the size of gatherings, that are mandated by the Province of Ontario in consultation with health authorities.  We hope you’re staying safe.

Have Your Say

The City of London is testing a new website, and wants input from residents. Visit to have a look. The redesigned website will be launched on October, 7 2020. But before that, the city is asking residents for their opinion. The idea behind the redesign is to make the new website easier to navigate with better features for updating information. By visiting the City of London website, you can either go to a prototype of the new version or access the current website.

COVID & City of London Services

Effective September 21, the City of London began providing in-person services to people who may have found it difficult to have their needs met via alternative methods such as by phone or online as a result of COVID. This pertains to child care, recreation and social service supports. Front counter service is available at specific locations throughout the city, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID. For a list of services and locations, please visit the City of London website.

Rail Safety Week

Did you know that accidents at railway crossings claim the lives of more than 2,100 people in Canada and the U.S. each year? This September, London Police participated in “Operation Clear Track”. It’s a yearly event that brings together law enforcement agencies to remind people of the dangers of ignoring safety rules around railway tracks and crossings. “Railway tracks have the potential to be dangerous places”, says Sergeant Sean Harding of the London Police Service, Traffic Management Unit.  “Whether you are a motorist, cyclist or pedestrian – do not trespass on railway tracks or property. Cross only at designated locations and when crossing the tracks – pay attention, and do so safely.” Due to COVID, the focus this year has been on spreading the message digitally. Visit and for more information. 


The news media has been full of stories of frau related to COVID since the pandemic began. According to the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre, $5.6 million was lost to COVID-19 fraud between March 6, 2020 and August 31, 2020. This month, Waterloo Regional police arrested a woman in connection with a scam involving the online sale of puppies.To help you understand more about COVID and fraud, as well as fraud in general, the Anti Fraud Centre has a website with updated information and safety tips. Visit the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre here.

Also In the News…..

You may have seen in the news this month a disturbing incident in Nanaimo B.C. in which a family returned from vacation to find that someone had been living in their home. The CBC reports on the case in:  He Was In Our Kids Beds.  One item of note in the CBC report is a quote from Nanaimo RCMP Constable Gary O’Brien. “The best security is having neighbours looking after your home. That is the best.”

Our New Website is Here!

If you’ve visited recently, then you’ve seen our new design! With COVID-19, we need to transition to digital communications, and our new website has great new information for all of our members. We welcome your feedback, so be sure to e-mail and let us know what you think!

NWL Needs Your Support

COVID-19 has presented challenges for many non-profits, and we are no exception. In order to help sustain NWL, we have created a new tier of membership: NWL Plus. This membership will offer exclusive resources, as well as special discounts and perks from local businesses who are part of our new My Business Neighbourhood Program. Membership is only $25 a year and is tax deductible. You can learn more here.

Until next month, we hope that you stay safe & healthy.


The NWL Team.


August 2020 Newsletter

Greetings! We hope you are staying safe, as summer draws to a close. Like many of you, our NWL team members have been working from home during the pandemic. There are some exciting initiatives that will be rolled out in the months ahead as we look to enhance our digital presence and engage current and future members; notably in the local business community.  We will keep you abreast of these developments.

Back to School 

September is, of course, back to school. But with COVID, this will be a school year unlike any other. If you have kids in grades K-12, check with your local school board for up-to-date information Here are some useful links:  TVDSB and London District Catholic School Board. In the time before school starts, there are things parents can do to help ease kids into the 2020/2021 school year according to the website Helping your kids adjust to going back to school after lockdown from Morneau Shepell; a leading HR company.

  • Act as a sounding board. Listen to your child, because sometimes just talking about a problem can help.
  • Take your child’s concerns seriously. This year, academic and social pressures may be compounded by stress over the pandemic.
  • Help your child get into a routine after the summer. Try getting them to bed earlier a week before school begins.
  • Brush up on reading and math skills together. 

Driver Safety

COVID has meant changes to bussing policies for many Ontario school boards. Drivers are urged to use extra caution at all times near schools. But this year there may be more kids walking to class, so here are some reminders from the government of Canada’s website Get Prepared for Back to School Safety!

  • Observe school speed zones. Children crossing the road can be easily distracted and step in harm’s way. 
  • Obey the crossing guard.
  • Respect flashing signal lights. 
  • Parents should also avoid having young children at the school bus stop too early, where they can wander or get into mischief.

London Police COVID Update

London Police Headquarters gradually began to reopen to members of the public, by appointment, in August. This is being done with the appropriate health and safety measures in place such as wearing a mask, hand sanitizing, and maintaining social distance. Entry to the building will allowed 15 minutes before the time of an appointment. According to the LPS website: 

“At this time, appointments are available for specific services including fingerprints (if required as part of the record check process) and Freedom of Information document pick up. LPS will not be accepting in-person record check applications or in-person Freedom of Information Requests.” 

For more information visit  London Police Service

COVID & Fraud

As you may have heard in the news, the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) plan has been hit by cases of identity theft. Criminal have preyed upon hundreds of people by assuming their identities to collect government cheques. According to recent media reports there have been as many as 20 cases in London. Jeff Thompson with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is quoted in RCMP urges ‘diligence’ as identity theft linked to CERB soars as having this advice:

“It’s good practice for citizens to be doing due diligence at all times.”

“That really starts with checking your credit reports once a year, making sure there are no unauthorized activities, checking your financial statements, your bank accounts, your credit card statements making sure there’s no unauthorized charges, monitoring your mail, making sure you’re getting your mail and it’s not being stolen or redirected.”

Getting to Know Our Fellow Neighbourhood Watch London Members

We are grateful to our many active members, and we thought you might enjoy meeting some of them! In this edition of the NWL newsletter, we’d like to introduce you to Sandy, a dedicated Area Coordinator and resident of west London. 

Hello Fellow Neighbourhood Watch Members

My name is Sandy Alsop and I have been the Coordinator for the Norton Estates 4 zone for over 30 years. I got interested in NW in the early 70’s when our home was broken into twice in the same year.  Needless to say, our sense of security was affected and it took a long time to feel safe again.

When we moved to another neighbourhood in the same area, I took it upon myself to get the neighbourhood involved in NW.  I knew it worked;  so it wasn’t a “hard sell” to get residents on board.

Zones were designated and captains and co-captains were assigned to each zone.  Information for Resident Lists was gathered and soon the WATCH was running smoothly and efficiently.

Initially, we had over 200 homes in our WATCH. In 2002, I requested that our WATCH be downsized to 64 homes.  They included the homes on Westbury Ave. Westbury Place and Wentworth Court.  Far more manageable.

In 2003, I petitioned to get streetlights on Westbury Ave.  Looking back,  it was a lot of work but well worth the effort. To this day, I still look at our street and am pleased that our street is well lite and safe.

There have been many changes in the NW Program, since the installation, in our area.  But the mandate remains the same—Neighbours working together to prevent crime.  Communication is the key and makes for a very friendly and caring community.

My goal for 2020 is to ensure that all information is up to date and to obtain email addresses for all residents.  This will allow me to send newsletters electronically; reducing my costs.

The NW Program is a great asset to Londoners and I hope it will continue to serve our residents.

Sandy Alsop 

And to close, here’s a great local piece via twitter

Thank you everyone, and we look forward to reaching out to you again with our September newsletter! And don’t forget – we still need your help two very important projects:

Friendly Call

In our June NWL newsletter, we told you about Friendly Call, and we would like to remind you about this new initiative. Over55 Skills at Work is helping to reach out to people during COVID by linking volunteers with people who would benefit from a friendly telephone conversation. If you would like to request the service or you want more information please visit

The Longevity Economy

This project is led by our community partner, Over 55. The Longevity Economy is focused on highlighting the value of mature workers, job seekers and entrepreneurs, and adding their highly under utilized value to our local labour market and businesses.

Over 55 is currently seeking research participants – job seekers age 55+ – to participate in a short interview. This process takes less than 30 minutes, and participants will receive a gift card to a local retailer as a thank you. Learn more at

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July 2020 Newsletter

Greetings from NWL!

What’s New at NWL:

We are thrilled to welcome some new faces to the NWL team. We are fortunate to have them working with us on a temporary basis, through the Job Creation Partnership program. Here is a bit about them:


June 2020 Newsletter

Greetings! We hope that June 2020 finds you well. 

The team at Neighbourhood Watch London is welcoming new Team Members in June who will be working with us in the coming months.


NWL May 2020 Newsletter!

The Joys of Journaling!

Have you ever kept a journal? Maybe you kept a diary when you were younger, but you’ve long since stopped recording your daily thoughts. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a “writer”, it could be a great time to start journaling.

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NWL April 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 Update

With the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now more important than ever to support each other to ensure our communities stay strong. Social media is playing a vital role in helping us all stay connected, so please stay in touch! We encourage you to follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram, and also to join our new facebook group to stay in touch. This new group is private, and only open to NWL members.

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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.

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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 – – 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!


Rodolfo Martinez

for the NWL Team

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February 2020 Newsletter

February 2020 Newsletter


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.

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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.