January is a time when many people head off for their annual holidays and it's also a time when the south coast has a huge influx of visitors to the region.
The Victor Harbor Port Elliot Neighbourhood Watch organisation has some timely messages for those leaving the area, as well as for those visiting for the summer holidays.
As summer has arrived it is important that you clean up around your houses to reduce the risk of bushfires and also be mindful of fires in the home.
Outside entertaining is popular at this time of year, but there are many rules to adhere to when cooking barbecues and handling gas cylinders.
It is also all about watching out for your neighbours, especially the elderly during the hot weather.
Just a knock on the door or a phone call to ensure they are okay is not only neighbourly, but gives you peace of mind and is being a true member of your community that 'does care for others'.
If you're going away for any period of time, advise your neighbour and ask them to check the house.
Ask for your mail to be held and newspapers cancelled. Keep an eye out for any graffiti that appears and report it to the organisation immediately as they have kits available at no cost to rid the vandalism from the neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood Watch is about caring for others within your community. Area co-ordinator for the local Neighbourhood Watch organisation Ray Klecko said many grew up in neighbourhoods where people looked after each other.
“This organisation is all about people connecting within their neighbourhood to make them stronger and safer places to live.
“We need to get to know our neighbours, speak to them and develop mutual links that support one another. Keep your eyes and ears alert for things that are not right in your neighbourhood,” Mr Klecko said.
Neighbourhood Watch meetings are held regularly in Victor Harbor and the organisation is always looking for volunteers to help keep our community safe. For more information visit www.neighbourhoodwatch.org.au