Frightening memory lingers for Tweed mum
THE frightening experience of being followed has stayed with South Tweed business owner Jo Tidyman for more than 20 years.
Jo Tidyman, whose business, Jo's Seafood and Pizza, is part of the Safety House program, knows only too well how important Safety Houses are in the community.
As a 10-year-old girl, Mrs Tidyman was followed by a woman while walking home from a friend's house.
"I didn't know what to do at the time but knew I didn't want her to see where I lived so I ran into another house," Mrs Tidyman said.
"The woman started calling out that she was my mother and I just remember being very frightened."
"So I'm very aware about teaching my kids safety and was keen to be part of the safety house program when we opened the business here as there are a lot of school kids walking past this area."
Mrs Tidyman has been part of the program for more than two years and in that time has only ever had one incident to report.
"One night about 6.30pm we had two young girls come in who were lost and frightened that someone was watching them. They were trying to get back across to the other side of the bridge so we called them a taxi and phoned their parents. The girls were fine and came back the next day to collect their bikes."
Mrs Tidyman said she wished more people would become involved in the program to ensure the community retains it's level of safety for children.
"It's not hard to do and does not cost any time or money, but you know it could mean the world to a scared child one day."