Saturday, April 19, 2014

UNSOLVED CASES - WITH ONE BEING VERY LOCAL TO US


Queensland Police have a number of unsolved cases on their books – one of which is local to us. It concerns the suspected murder of Steven Wayne Milligan. 

The Minister for Police and Corrective Services has approved a reward of $250,000 be offered for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Mr  Milligan’s murder at Oxenford on or about 20 April 2000.

Indemnity from Prosecution: An appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be recommended for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first gives such information. The allocation of the $250,000 reward will be at the sole discretion of the Commissioner of the Police Service.

Circumstances: On Tuesday the 18th April 2000 Steven Wayne Milligan, 20 years, of 5 Cash Place, Oxenford went missing from that address. His badly decomposed body was located in bushland near his residence on the 12th May 2000. Mr Milligan's clothing was located some distance away from where his remains were found and police consider that his death is suspicious. Investigations have failed to establish any motive for his death.

Any member of the public with information which could assist Police is asked to contact: the Homicide Investigation Group, Brisbane, Phone (07) 3364 6122; any Police Station; or Crime Stoppers, Phone 1800 333 000.

There are more unsolved crimes listed at http://qld.crimestoppers.com.au/crime/unsolved_crimes.jsp which you can browse and if you have information you are able to notify Crimestoppers anonymously.



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Saturday, April 5, 2014

CRIME REPORT FOR MARCH 2014

During March there were four crimes reported to police in our area.  
Please be wary of scammers by phone or email as there has been an increase recently, including a new scam claiming to be from Telstra Bigpond.  I will include further details in next month’s NHW Newsletter.
Burglary
03/03/2014 Regatta Avenue: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the house by removing a flyscreen and forcing a bedroom window open.  Electrical items have been stolen.
Theft of motor vehicle
15/03/2014 Cottonwood Place: Unknown offenders have stolen a motorbike from the staff car park at Woolworths.  As the bike’s wheel was secured, it was dragged across the road and abandoned behind the shops near the cricket club.
Stealing of vehicle registration plates
19/03/2014 Old Pacific Highway: The victim’s Nissan utility was parked in the council car park when unknown offender/s removed both number plates.
Wilful damage
23/03/2014 Old Tamborine Road: Unknown offender/s has cut the chain and padlock securing a water ski jump moored on the Coomera River.
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, Operational Improvement, 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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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CRIMESTOPPERS - a success story




The Crime Stoppers program provides an avenue for the community as a whole to assist police to solve crimes and ultimately make our State a safer place to live, work and for  tourists to visit. 

Roberta Cava from Crimestoppers was one of the speakers at our February meeting. It was amazing to hear of the wonderful work this organisation does.  Since 1989 community contact with Crime Stoppers Queensland has resulted in (as at 31 December 2013):

·         Over 699,570 phone calls and 19,661 website reports (web only since March 2007);
·         Over 25,610 offenders arrested with some 67,465 charges preferred;
·         Solved 21 Murders and 20 Attempted Murders;
·         Seized over $615.1 million worth of drugs;
·         Recovered $10.4 million worth of stolen property; and
·         Seized over $3.6 million in proceeds of crime.

Crime Stoppers has become the Queensland public’s most effective tool in the fight to solve crime. The Queensland program has some of the best results per capita in the world. Queensland’s continued success is in no small way due to:

·         the commitment of all its volunteer members associated with the program,
·         the dedication and hard work of the men and women of the Queensland Police Service, and
·         the Queensland public trusting Crimestoppers  to anonymously and confidentially manage their crime intelligence information.

Crime Stoppers provides a (toll-free) telephone hotline and website for members of the community to provide anonymous information about criminal activity. This information is electronically sent to the police establishment nearest to where the crime is occurring for investigation.  The caller need not give their name. Calls are not recorded or taped. Callers are not identified in any way. Callers are allocated a code number for three reasons:
    • To provide further information
    • To check on the progress of the investigation
    • To collect the reward.
Therefore, if you have any information please call Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 1 800 333 000 or go through the online version at www.crimestoppers.com.au

Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch  meets on Tuesdays at 7pm at the Oxenford and Coomera Youth and Community Centre.

The meeting dates for  2014 are as follows:  13 May ,  12 Aug and  4  Nov.   

Our Community Christmas Party this year will  be on Tuesday   9  Dec. 
 


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Two types of car thieves....



There are two types of car thieves: the opportunist and the professional. What they have in common  is that they can  both steal a car in less than a minute.
The opportunist - The opportunist is a person who may see your car as a means of transport, a joy ride, or to use in committing another type of crime. Often, when a car has been stolen by an opportunist and is recovered, it is returned to the owner in a damaged condition.
Professional car thieves - Professional car thieves are motivated differently. They steal cars for profit. They are normally well organised, work in teams and are either after specific car parts or intend to change your car's identity, to resell it later.
Tips to help you prevent vehicle theft - Cars get stolen all the time so you can never guarantee it will not happen to you. Here are some tips to help prevent would-be thieves.
  • Never leave keys in the ignition when your vehicle is unattended.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your car unattended.
  • Lock your car when paying for fuel.
  • Do not leave valuables within view, lock them in the boot or take them with you.
  • Do not leave registration papers, driver's licence or other papers or cards in an unattended car - this could advise a thief that the home address of the owner is unattended at the time.
  • Do not have your personal address on tags attached to car keys.
  • Do not hide spare car keys anywhere on the car.
Theft from your car - Belongings being stolen from cars is arguably one of the most under reported crimes within our community. Victims of this crime invariably:
  • Are not insured to cover the loss or have an excess attached to their policy which exceeds the value of the loss.
  • Refuse to lose their no claim bonus by claiming for their loss.
Tips to help you prevent theft from your car
  • When leaving your valuables in a car do not hide them upon arrival as thieves could be monitoring the car park. Instead place handbags out of sight prior to parking.
  • Do not leave loose change within view, thieves will do hundreds of dollars of damage to steal small amounts of money.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"WINDOWS TECHNICAL SUPPORT" SCAM


UPDATE (12/03/2014): All residents please be aware this scam has started AGAIN.  I was contacted by one of our residents on Monday to advise that he was hit for just over $1000 to repair "problems" with his computer.  The resident stated they were from Melbourne, but his bank confirmed the money went straight to India.  Microsoft (Windows) does not remotely detect problems and call computer owners.  See the original blog post below.

The telemarketing scam with callers, generally from India, claiming to work at a ‘Windows Technical Support Centre’ and that your computer has sent them a virus warning.  They will then ask you to open a screen on your computer, showing background text scripting of an error or virus warning.  The displayed text is part of the computer’s operating system, IT IS NOT not a sign of a virus infection.

The operator will try to sell you a ‘fix’ for the problem (getting your credit card details and selling you a virus program) or try to get ‘remote access’ to your computer (allowing them to install the virus program in your computer).

A major international ‘Windows Technical Support’ scam was closed down in October 2012, with the assistance of Australian law enforcement agencies.
   
Microsoft (the makers of the Windows system) does not call users unless a person has logged a service request. They have published information on their website at http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx.

The Australian Government ‘Scamwatchers’ website has more information on these types of scams at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/792165.

If you receive a call of this type, hang up.  Do not give them any information or allow remote access to your computer.

Sergeant Andrew LAKE 6695
Operational Improvement, Police Headquarters, BRISBANE

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Monday, February 17, 2014

MEETING - TUES 7pm - COME ALONG !

 Tuesday 18th February at 7pm - Oxenford Youth and Community Centre

Speakers are :

  • Michelle Rodgers - Disaster Management Officer - City of Gold Coast
  • Roberta from Crimestoppers

Also attending and speaking:

  • Act Sr Sgt Andrew Lake who will deliver his Crime Report
  • Cr William Owen Jones - Division 2 Report
  • Mark Boothman MP (Parliament sittings permitting)
After the meeting we get together for free nibbles and drinks in the hall - meet the neighbours, network, chat with our Police Liaison Officer, our Div 2 Councillor and  our State Member.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NEIGHBOURHOOD MEETING TUES 18th FEB 7pm

Our next meeting: Tuesday 18th February at 7pm - Oxenford Youth and Community Centre

Speakers are :

  • Michelle Rodgers - Disaster Management Officer - City of Gold Coast
  • Roberta from Crimestoppers

Also attending and speaking:

  • Act Sr Sgt Andrew Lake who will deliver his Crime Report
  • Cr William Owen Jones - Division 2 Report
  • Mark Boothman MP (Parliament sittings permitting)
After the meeting we get together for free nibbles and drinks in the hall - meet the neighbours, network, chat with our Police Liaison Officer, our Div 2 Councillor and  our State Member.

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