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.

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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!


Staying Connected Important Now More Than Ever, Especially for Seniors

As 2020 comes to a close, there are still many questions surrounding COVID-19. Communities have seesawed between loosening and tightening social restrictions as instances of infection have dictated. And while everyone has been on the lookout for some sort of consistency, it’s been difficult to determine what the “new normal” will entail.

However, one of the biggest concerns regarding social distancing has been its effects on metal health. While keeping ourselves isolated from others has helped curb infections, the long-term consequences of limiting human interaction is a problematic one, especially when it comes to the elderly population.

One is the Loneliest Number

Studies have already begun examining the challenges isolation poses on seniors. Because this particular demographic relies more heavily on out-of-home social contact, these individuals could find themselves disproportionately affected.

Without access to regular outlets for communicating and connecting with others, such as community centres or places of worship, seniors may experience higher rates of loneliness and/or depression. Furthermore, when considering care facilities such as nursing homes, visits from close family and friends play a huge part in ensuring seniors stay healthy and connected.

Therefore, it’s up to society, as always, to see that changes are implemented safely and compassionately. The more that communities can do to empower their older population to gain access to and adopt technology as a channel for meaningful connection, the more they can do to improve quality of life. As countries everywhere try to navigate this difficult and precarious situation, it’s important those most vulnerable are protected and supported.

How Can You Help?

Take the time to consider those who may not have as many options to stay social.

  • Call seniors you know more frequently
  • If possible, utilize online technologies for games
  • Send hand-written letters to add a more personal touch
  • Coordinate with care staff in nursing homes to arrange virtual visits
  • Introduce viewing parties to enjoy movies/shows together

If you found this article and our resources helpful, consider joining NWL Plus for members-only updates, savings on home and auto insurance from Allstate, and discounts from local retailers. You can also make one time, tax-deductible donations – since 2001 Neighbourhood Watch London has been a registered charity focused on community safety and improvement.

– 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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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.