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Gerontians Band Together all the difference. We can know what is going on very quickly.” Denise says that as she works some days, she is not always home, but she is confident that all is well with her property now that NS is operating so well. “I can keep in contact with neighbours more easily and I know if there is a crisis there will be people there to help. I know who to contact and how. It’s just about being aware of unfamiliar cars spending time in the street, or people wandering down the street and loitering around.” But, she emphasizes, it is still important to have all the basic security measures in your home. NS does not mean you can leave your door unlocked when you go out.

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One example Denise gave of how efficient NS has been in Snells Beach was an incident several months ago when an elderly person with dementia went missing from an Algies Bay rest home, just over the hill from Snells. “We all got an email about her and were able to keep an eye out for her. She was found down by the beach unharmed, but it good that we were able to have so many people alerted about her situation before any harm came to her.” Denise really appreciates being able to work together with police through NS to keep the community safe. By Lynley Smith

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Rodney District Neighbourhood Support, December 2015