Friday, December 12, 2014

Planning your holidays?

There are things you can do every day to help make your home safer but when you are planning your holidays and know that your home is not going to be occupied for a time, it is a worry. A home that looks unattended is generally an easier target for a burglar.
The key to deterring burglars while you are away is to make your home look like someone's at home. Before heading off on holiday, here are some easy tips to prepare your home:
  • Leave a radio on and tune it to a talkback station
  • Use a timer on lamps to make it look like someone is inside
  • Cancel deliveries, such as newspapers, or have a trusted person collect it for you
  • You should also have a trusted neighbour or  relative empty your letterbox and take your bin out and in, even if it is empty
  • Hang some old clothes on the line and leave ( a large pair of) old shoes outside the front door
  • If you are going away for an extended period of time, consider getting a house-sitter and arrange for someone to mow your lawn 
  • Try not to leave invitations or notes about holidays in plain view such as stuck on the fridge, next to the phone or on a whiteboard
  • Do not post about your absences / holiday on social media
  • If you are out for the evening, leave a light on and close the curtains.
Here are some tips to manage your phone and messages before you go on holidays:
  • Divert your home phone to your mobile and lower the volume on your phone 
  • On your answering machine say 'We can't come to the phone right now' rather than 'I'm on holidays and will be back on...'
  • If you live alone, say 'We can't come to the phone right now' rather than 'I can't come to the phone right now'.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014


The G20 is here
The preparation is complete and the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2014 will be held in Brisbane next weekend (14-16/11/2014). Like it or hate it, many of the world’s leaders and approximately 3,000 media representatives will be in the Brisbane and Gold Coast area next weekend.  So, what will it mean for us?
The G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013 has commenced and the various declared and restricted areas are now in operation.  Of interest, there are three declared areas on the Gold Coast, the Sanctuary Cove ‘Market place’ area, Palazzo Versace resort and Surfers Paradise Marriott resort.  In Brisbane, most of the city and South Brisbane as well as the airport are declared areas.  The Intercontinental Resort at Sanctuary Cove as well as the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, parts of South Bank and the Brisbane are restricted areas, with access prohibited to all persons who do not hold Commonwealth accreditation.
There will be major traffic disruptions in the Brisbane area from 7pm on 13/11/14 until the morning of 17/11/14.  The biggest anticipated disruptions will be on the major roadways on Friday 14/11/14 due to the motorcades of dignitaries travelling from the Brisbane Airport to the city.  Roads will be closed by declaration for motorcades by notification on the police website (  When a road is declared to be closed, traffic will be prohibited and all vehicles unlawfully parked will be seized and towed.
Public Transport will be disrupted with most Brisbane city bus services cancelled. Buses will operate in the outer CBD areas to specified places, with passengers facing a walk into the city centre (up to 2Km).  The Gold Coast – Airport train link will operate as normal, with a diversion through Yeerongpilly to the Ipswich line.  If you are attempting to travel to the airport, catch the train!  Ferries in the city will operate normally.  More information about the G20 public transport changes is available at the Translink website (
G20 isn’t only about the leaders; there are a number of exhibitions and activities being held in Brisbane over the weekend, even the opportunity to spot various world leaders.  South Bank (apart from some restricted areas) will be open as usual and most of the city will be business-as–usual. As long as you are willing to walk a bit from the train station, access should be relatively easy.  Further information on the G20 Cultural Celebrations is available at
Notwithstanding the above, the G20 will be an ongoing security operation until 17/11/14. The G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013 provides additional powers to police officers, accredited security officers and ADF personnel.  A large number of articles are prohibited (without a legitimate reason) and you may be stopped and searched by an authorised person for a legitimate reason (e.g. you are near a restricted area or a motorcade route) for any prohibited articles.  Many searches will be similar to what happens if you go to a sports match (i.e. bag-search) along with being required to removing any coats, hats and sunglasses and to allow a visual search for possible hidden articles.  A basic pat-down search may also be performed and you may be asked to provide identification. 
Please keep in mind the authorised persons are conducting the search as required under the Act, not for their entertainment or out of vindictiveness.  Be polite and maintain your good humour and the process will be over as quick as possible.
Protests are likely to be held at various times from now until the end of the G20 event.  Whilst peaceful protests are a respected part of democracy and negotiations have been conducted with a number of groups, the risk of violent protests, including assaults and property damage are possible.  If a violent protest occurs, don’t stay around to watch the entertainment, leave and obey all lawful directions. Otherwise, you could become injured or, worse still, arrested.
There will be police officers from all states of Australia as well as New Zealand (as well as various ‘security specialists’ from various countries) as well as worldwide media in Brisbane for the G20, so say G'day and welcome them to our State.  We will definitely be ‘on show’ and hopefully it will work perfectly. Enjoy the event!

Senior Sergeant Andrew LAKE 6695
Operational Improvement
Queensland Police Service

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

From District Crime Prevention - Gold Coast

 From  Tracey Bailey Acting Sergeant 11465 - Officer In Charge District Crime Prevention Unit GOLD COAST DISTRICT to Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch. "I have just conducted an audit for break & enter offences (dwelling, premises, shop) reported between 01/07/14 and 22/10/14.  The search has identified that during the specified time frame 16 offences were reported in your Neighbourhood Watch area.  The streets where these offences have occurred are as follows:

Cottonwood Place, Oxenford
Oberon Way, Oxenford
Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford
Michigan Drive, Oxenford
3x Cotton Wood Place, Oxenford
2x Carnarvon Court, Oxenford
California Drive, Oxenford
Wimbledon Way, Oxenford
Julie Court, Oxenford
Silky Oak Court, Oxenford
Otway Place, Oxenford
Oregon Way, Oxenford
Brentwood Terrace, Oxenford

In addition, during this same period there have been 15 reports of steal from motor vehicle offences (SFMV).  The streets where these offences have occurred are as follows:

Cotton wood Place, Oxenford
Unknown, Oxenford
2x Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford
2x Broxbourne Place, Oxenford
Global Plaza, Oxenford
Pottinger Crescent, Oxenford
Missouri Way, Oxenford
David Cup Court, Oxenford
Temple Island Circuit, Oxenford
Silverash Street, Oxenford
Oxenford Central Shopping Centre
California Drive, Oxenford
Riversdale Road, Oxenford

Upon further analysis it would appear the majority of these SFMV offences occurred on driveways with entry being gained by damaging the vehicle (smash window, manipulate lock).  On 4 occasions toolboxes in work utes were targeted.

Forwarded for your information and any proactive action you may deem necessary in an effort to assist police with reducing these occurrences in your local area.

In the event any locals have information that may assist in the investigation of these offences please refer them to police link ph: 131444, crime stoppers ph: 1800 333 000 or their local police.

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Friday, October 10, 2014


Instead of hiding the spare key under a doormat, pot plant or other place where it can be easily found, leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbour. Avoid giving keys to tradespersons or people that you don’t know well - copies of keys are quickly and easily made.

If you lose your keys, consider changing the locks.

Do not mark your keys with your name and address. You can mark your keys using the police property identification system.

Locks may be 'keyed alike' so that one key will open all doors and one key will open all windows.

Make sure you keep keys where you can reach them quickly - for example, in case of fire or other emergency.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014


This is a combined crime report for the months of August and September.  Thefts from motor vehicles is currently our biggest problem, especially the theft of tools from work vehicles and valuables left in cars.
28/08/2014 California Drive: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the victim's house by breaking open the front door.  Cash, jewellery and alcohol has been stolen.
04/09/2014 Wimbledon Way: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the victim's house by jemmying a security screen and smashing a glass sliding door.  Jewellery and computers were stolen.
26/09/2014 Otway Place: Unknown offender/s gained entry by removing the office window.  Attempts to break into a filing cabinet.  Nil property stolen.
Break and enter premises
30/08/2014 Cottonwood Place: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to two businesses by forcing a hole in the roof.  The offender/s has exited the business by climbing back into the roof space to the adjoining business.  A cash register containing loose change and hairdressing equipment was stolen.  Exit was by smashing a glass door in the second business.
Theft of motor vehicle
16/08/2014 Global Plaza: Unknown offender/s has stolen the victim's Nissan coupe from the car park of the Bunnings Warehouse.
Steal from motor vehicle
06/08/2014 Broxbourne Place: Unknown offender has attempted to gain entry to the victim's Renault sedan by jemmying the driver’s door lock whilst it was parked in the driveway. 
10/08/2014 Missouri Way: The victim's Isuzu truck was parked in an easement when unknown offender/s gained entry to a tool box and stole tools.
13/08/2014 Brittany Drive: Unknown offender/s has entered an open garage and stolen electrical items from an unlocked Honda wagon inside.
21/08/2014 Davis Cup Court: Unknown offender/s has jemmied the locks on toolboxes on the victim's Ford utility and stolen tools.
24/08/2014 Temple Island Circuit: Unknown offender/ has gained entry to the victim's Mitsubishi sedan by smashing a window & stealing a wallet from inside the car.  This is linked to several other offences across the district.
29/08/2014 Old Pacific Highway: Unknown offender has removed a mobile phone from the centre console of the victim's Holden Commodore whilst it was being repaired.
04/09/2014 Silverash Court: The victim's Toyota van was parked on the roadway outside his house.  Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the van by jemmying a side door and stealing electrical tools.
Wilful damage
06/08/2014 Mendooran Court: Unknown offender has deflated a front tyre and placed a sausage roll in the exhaust of the victim's Suzuki hatch, whilst it was parked outside 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, Senior Sergeant 6695, Operational Improvement, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 6045 (e)
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, October 8, 2014


As you are aware, there has been an ongoing problem with the theft of number plates from cars throughout the Gold Coast, including Oxenford.  One way to stop the theft of number plates is to replace 'normal' phillips head screws with one-way screws.

Coomera 13 Neighbourhood Watch Group has organised a free one-way screw replacement day this Sunday at the Upper Coomera Centre.

When    Sunday 12 October, between 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where   Upper Coomera Centre at 90 Reserve Rd, Upper Coomera (enter from Abraham Rd).

Senior Sergeant Andrew LAKE 6695
Oxenford NHW Police Liaison Officer
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Home security

House break and enters are one of the most common crimes. In many instances house break-ins are crimes of opportunity with entry gained through an open or unlocked door or window.
Good home security is as simple as the following three basic steps:
  1. Make it as difficult as possible for an offender to gain entry i.e. install and use key operated locks on doors and windows, don’t place keys under door mats or in obvious places.
  2. Make it as difficult as possible for an offender to exit with your property i.e. use the key-operated locks on doors and windows, make sure alarms are functioning. 
  3. Make it as difficult as possible for an offender to want to steal your property i.e. engrave or microdot all items of value.
Property owners can greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a burglary by implementing measures to improve the security of their home. These measures can be simple and don’t necessarily need to cost a lot of money. For example:
  • Get to know your neighbours. Exchange telephone numbers and keep and eye on each other’s homes. Observant neighbours can reduce prowling, loitering and burglary by reporting suspicious people or vehicles to police.
  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch group.
  • Even when you are at home, be aware of your home security and ensure doors and windows are secured, particularly in areas that are unoccupied.
  • Before you hire a professional house cleaner or gardener, check all references thoroughly.
  • Secure your home when you leave by locking all doors and windows. Many burglars simply enter through an unlocked door or window. Remove keys from internal doors and windows when you are not at home.
  • If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbours that it's been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off regularly.
  • Ask for credentials from all salespersons who request entry to your home.  If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.
  • Give your home the “lived in” look when you’re out by leaving a light on and the radio playing. Timing devices are effective for this. When you are not at home, adjust the ringing volume down on your telephone so it is not obvious the home is unoccupied.
  • Keep cash, keys and valuables out of sight and out of easy reach.
  • Don’t leave notes on the door as they suggest that no one is home.
  • Don’t leave a house key under the door mat or a pot plant, in the letterbox or in other obvious places.
  • Ensure you house/unit number is clearly visible so it can be located quickly in an emergency.
  • Mark valuable property using the Property Identification System.
  • Know which doors and windows you can use as an exit in an emergency so you can leave quickly and safely.
  • In an emergency always ring triple zero (000). Use the speed dial of your telephone to record other important numbers.
If you do hear an intruder in the home, don’t risk injury. Dial triple zero (000) at the earliest opportunity, leave the house immediately and go to a neighbour or somewhere safe to contact and wait for police.

If you come home and find your home broken into, report it to police and do not touch anything. Forensic evidence can easily be destroyed and it is important for police to see your home exactly as it was left to obtain evidence.

Source: Queensland Police website

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