Sunday, November 5, 2017

NOVEMBER MEETING IS Tues 14th at 7pm

Apologies for the earlier post re: meeting date - we had scheduled the 7th November as our meeting day ... until we realised it was Melbourne Cup Day and so we changed it to Tues 14th November at 7pm.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

CRIME REPORT - OCTOBER 2017


During October, six crimes were reported to police, all involving vehicles. Two cars were broken into with wallets or purses being stolen. One of these offences was solved when an offender was intercepted in Southport (whilst driving a stolen car) and was in possession of the cards.
I cannot emphasise how important it is to take all valuables out of your car overnight. Stealing from cars is endemic right across South East Queensland as thieves know easy cash is always available and Pay Wave makes using stolen credits cards easy.
In two offences, someone decided to slash the tyres on cars parked on Michigan Drive, causing a lot of pain for no reason at all.
If you want to hear more about the reported crimes in our area, attend the next NHW meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 14 November at the Youth and Community Centre.
Steal from motor vehicle
02/10/2017 Missouri Way: The victim's Holden utility was parked in a carport at the victim's house. Unknown offenders have jacked up the vehicle, stolen the rear wheels and attempted to steal the front wheels.
08/10/2017 Dakota Place: SOLVED: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the victims Honda hatch by breaking the left rear window whilst it was parked in the driveway. The victim's wallet was stolen from the vehicle. Credit cards were later located in a stolen vehicle with the offender.
11/10/2017 Villanova Avenue: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the victims Mazda hatch by unknown means whilst it was parked in the driveway. Cash was stolen from the vehicle.
Stealing of vehicle registration plates
06/10/2017 Riversdale Road: Unknown offender has removed both number plates from the victim's Hyundai sedan whilst it was parked in the victim's driveway.
Wilful damage
20/10/2017 Michigan Drive: Unknown offender/s has slashed both right side tyres of the victim's Mazda hatch whilst it was parked on Michigan Drive. Linked to other offence.
20/10/2017 Michigan Drive: Unknown offender/s has slashed both right side tyres of the victim's Toyota sedan whilst it was parked on Michigan Drive. Linked to other offence.
If you have any information in relation to any of these offences, call Coomera Police on 5519 5555 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Andrew Lake, Senior Sergeant 6695, Innovation Unit, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 4816 (e) Lake.AndrewI@police.qld.gov.au .

These figures are not official Queensland Police Service statistics.  Official Queensland Police Service statistics are released only through the Information Resource Centre after available data is collected, classified and collated in accordance with nationally accepted rules.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

PREVENTING SHOPLIFTING - INFO AND ADVICE AVAILABLE FROM QUEENSLAND POLICE




Shoplifting accounts for a large percentage of reported annual shop losses. Shoplifters come from all walks of life and from all socio-economic backgrounds. They generally fall into one of two groups – amateurs or professionals.

Amateur shoplifters usually steal on impulse (e.g. young people who steal to impress their friends). Professional shoplifters are more likely to work in pairs or groups, although they will work alone. They often steal to obtain a false refund for the items and have often “cased out” a store before stealing. 

If you own a local business and would like some help and advice to help prevent shoplifting, visit the Queensland Police website at www.police.qld.gov.au where you’ll find information on:
  • Store Layout and Design
  • Staff Education and Training
  • Business Policies and Procedures
The website also gives tips on a  number of strategies  you can use  when confronted with shoplifters.
 

 
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

CRIME REPORT - SEPTEMBER 2017


During September we had two burglaries where the offenders stole a car, using its keys after breaking into the house.  Both vehicles were later located in the Beenleigh area. It’s an important reminder to make sure you don’t keep your car keys where they can be located.
Other than that, we had several cars broken into, including one where a wallet was stolen. Coomera Police now have good photographs of the offender using the credit cards in local shops. Please don’t keep your valuables in your car.
Burglary
09/09/2017 Oregon Way: Unknown offender/s has broken into a Subaru sedan which was parked in the victim's driveway and then opened the victim's garage door with the electronic door opener. The Offender has then stolen a Mitsubishi sedan which was parked in the garage and driven away from the incident. The vehicle was abandoned at Tanah Merah.
14/09/2017 Ruth Terrace: SOLVED: Male offender gained entry to the victim's house by forcing a side door open. The male has stolen the victim's Mazda sedan from a carport. The male was arrested following a police interception at Eagleby.
Steal from motor vehicle
02/09/2017 Oceanis Drive: Unknown offender has approached the victim's Nissan SUV whilst it was parked beside the house. The offender has smashed the left rear window to gain entry and stolen cash and credit cards from inside the vehicle.
08/09/2017 Oregon Way: Unknown offender has gained entry to the victim's Volkswagen SUV by breaking the right rear quarter glass and stolen a wallet and keys from inside. The vehicle was parked outside the victim's address.
13/09/2017 Crows Ash Court: Unknown male offender has gained entry to the victim's Holden sedan by unknown means and stole the victim's wallet. The offender used credit cards at a number of businesses.
29/09/2017 Cottonwood Place: The victim parked his motorcycle at the Oxenford shopping centre. An unknown person has stolen cash from the motorcycle pannier.
Stealing of vehicle registration plates
08/09/2017 Pottinger Crescent: Unknown offender has removed the rear number plate from the victim's Toyota utility whilst it was parked outside the victim's address.
08/09/2017 Pottinger Crescent: Unknown offender has removed the rear number plate from the victim's Holden utility whilst it was parked in the victim's driveway.
18/09/2017 Pottinger Crescent: Unknown offender removed the front number plate from the victim's Holden station wagon, damaging the vehicle's lights at the same time.
21/09/2017 Michigan Drive: The victim parked her Hyundai hatch outside the medical centre. Unknown person removed both number plates from the vehicle.
Wilful damage
29/09/2017 Essen Place: Unknown offender/s has sprayed graffiti in black paint in three places on the front wall of the victim's house.
 If you have any information in relation to any of these offences, call Coomera Police on 5519 5555 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Andrew Lake, Acting Inspector 6695, Operational Improvement Unit, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 6045 (e) Lake.Andrewi@police.qld.gov.au .

These figures are not official Queensland Police Service statistics.  Official Queensland Police Service statistics are released only through the Information Resource Centre after available data is collected, classified and collated in accordance with nationally accepted rules.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

DRUG LABS - A SPOTTERS' GUIDE



Drug labs pose a risk to the safety and security of us all. The ingredients used in drug labs to produce illicit drugs are highly toxic, flammable, and incredibly dangerous.  Drug labs explode, ignite and emit harmful gases that can cause serious health problems and can be life-threatening.

The State Drug Squad is a specialist investigative unit responsible for conducting and assisting in investigations of serious drug offences including the production of dangerous drugs and possession of drug lab equipment.  The SDIU is responsible for safely dismantling drug labs. 


The  message - should you locate or suspect a drug lab - is:

GET OUT - STAY OUT - CALL POLICE

Indicators of a drug lab:

  • ​​​​Items of a suspicious nature including improvised heating and cooling mechanisms
  • Other used materials (cold and flu packets, empty pseudoephedrine blister strips, gas cylinders or butane fuel cans, stained coffee filters, pH testers or test strips, water pumps) surrounding a property
  • An unusual chemical smell
  • Plastic containers (with or without chemical labels) at the premises
  • Laboratory glassware being carried into a premises or present at a premises
  • Fan or pump type noise coming from the premises
  • Residents never putting their rubbish out or burning their rubbish
  • Little or no traffic at a residence during the day but frequent traffic late at night or at odd hours
  • Windows blackened out or extra effort to ensure windows and doors are covered or reinforced
  • Evidence of unusual electrical work surrounding the premises
  • Noticeable hoses and pipes near windows or doors
  • Installation of extractor fans (especially in garages/sheds)
  • Recently rented premises where residents are rarely there
  • A new tenant willing to pay rent months in advance using only cash
  • New rental applicants who try to avoid background checks
  • Chemical/reaction waste (often carelessly disposed of). 
 

 Thanks to the Queensland Police website for this info


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

REFUND SCAM ALERT


Be aware there are (at least) two email scams operating at the moment, with one especially relevant during the income tax period.

Australian Taxation Office scam
A resident in our area received this ‘Australian Taxation Office’ refund email. Apart from the fact the resident hadn’t submitted his tax return yet, anyone who had received a tax refund previously would be aware that refunds are paid by cheque or direct debit into your nominated bank account. You’ll also notice the email is only address ‘Hello’ and not to the specific person.

If you receive this one, do not click on the ‘Refund’ hyperlink and delete it immediately.

Telstra refund scam alert
There have been a few variations of the ‘Telstra Account’ scam circulating by email. Below is the ‘refund version’ of the email scam.

Firstly, you will only receive a Telstra bill/refund if you are a Telstra customer. Secondly, all Telstra accounts are addressed personally to the account holder, not ‘Dear Valued Consumer’. Do not click on the bill hyperlink or the ‘Log into My Account’ button and delete it immediately.


There are a number of email scams operating, which are transmitted through infected computers. If you receive an email from a bank, government agency or business you do not have an account with, delete it immediately. If you do deal with a bank, government agency or business, check the account details with records you hold to determine if the email is genuine. 

If you still can’t decide, locate the organisation’s telephone number in the telephone book or by Yellow Pages online and call.

Finally, government agencies and businesses do not demand payment in Bitcoins, iTunes cards or gift cards. If you think the call or email may be fake, hang up or delete it.

Senior Sergeant Andrew Lake 6695
Oxenford NHW Police Liaison Officer
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

PLEASE SLOW DOWN IN OXENFORD AND EVERYWHERE



Did you know that there are currently over 3500 active mobile speed camera sites within Queensland? These mobile speed camera sites have been approved according to strict selection criteria.  The sites are available for portable devices, covert and/or marked mobile speed camera operations.  

The traffic crash history of a location is the primary criterion used to initially identify these sites.  Other reasons for the establishment of a mobile speed camera site may include verified high risk speeding behaviour or roadwork sites where workers are at risk.

Sites are subject to approval by a Speed Management Committee which generally comprises of representatives of the Queensland Police Service, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, RACQ and Local Governments.  

Sites may be parked from camera operations from time to time due to impacts upon those mobile speed camera sites including roadworks, revised speed limits or the road has been reengineered preventing the deployment of the mobile speed camera unit.  In some cases, there maybe a number of mobile speed camera sites along the same road within the same locality. The list of approved sites will be updated to accommodate changes to mobile speed camera sites. 

For additional information on Mobile Speed Cameras or on Fixed Camera Locations or to learn more about infringements issued from Mobile Speed Cameras go to  www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/roadSafety/activespeedcamerasites.htm.

Current penalties for speeding
  • Less than 13km/h over the speed limit:
    $168 + 1 demerit point.
  • At least 13km/h but not more than 20km/h over the speed limit:
    $252 + 3 demerit points.
  • More than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h over the speed limit:
    $420 + 4 demerit points.
  • More than 30km/h but not more than 40km/h over the speed limit:
    $588 + 6 demerit points.
  • More than 40km/h over the speed limit:
    $1,177 + 8 demerit points and 6 month suspension.
Before you say “It’s just revenue raising”  we’d like to remind you that speeding is a factor in about one third of road fatalities in Australia. Additionally, more than 4100 people are injured in speed-related incidents each year. Don’t want a fine? It’s simple. Abide by the speed limit and don’t put others’ lives at risk...least of all your own.