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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Sunday, September 21, 2014


Animal Cruelty – Oxenford Lake
Those who walk around the Oxenford Lake, behind the Oxenford Community and Youth Centre, would be aware of the ducks that live there, especially the four white Muscovy ducks.  Unfortunately, there are only three ducks remaining as sometime between 7-21/09/2014, the male duck was found dead, having suffered severe injuries (a notice has been posted beside the path).
If a person decided to kill the duck, an offence has been committed; if it was a dog an offence may have been committed.
To support an investigation, please contact me if you can assist with any information, including:
  • When the duck was last seen alive?
  • When was the duck found killed (even if you only saw it there, it helps with the timing of the offence)?
  • Who removed the duck (and possibly left the notice)?
  • What were the injuries suffered by the duck?
  • Was anyone a witness to what happened?
  • Who killed it?

If you know anything, please contact me on 3364 6045 or at
Senior Sergeant Andrew LAKE
Operational Improvement
Queensland Police Service
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Thefts From Work Trucks

During the last month there have been a number of tradie's work trucks broken into with electrical tools stolen across the area.  Generally, the tools have been stolen after breaking the tool box locks & forcing the lid open.

Tradies, whenever possible, keep a record of the serial number of your tools and clearly mark them with engraving or some similar marking.  Whenever possible park vehicles close to the house or in a secured yard.  Most of the thefts have occurred where a vehicle has been left overnight on the roadside or the front yard.

If someone tries to sell you cheap tools, beware they may be stolen.  If you can get some details of the person and car registration if possible & call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Senior Sergeant Andrew Lake
Operational Improvement.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Fraudsters and Scammers know all kinds of tricks to get their hands on your money.
Identity theft, romance fraud, on-line shoppers targeted, email and letter scams, company scams such as Telstra and Microsoft, the list goes on and on with Cybercrime alone currently estimated at costing the global community $400 billion annually. 

The victims of fraud can sustain significant financial and psychological harm as a result of being defrauded.  This can be devastating for business and individuals therefore, society as a whole suffers greatly.  Some victims are often embarrassed and they do not report fraud as they think that police or their friends and family will think less of them.

With this in mind the Gold Coast District NHW Committee is running a Forum later this month to address this issue.

Our guest speakers include, Acting Superintendent Des Lacy, Dr Terry Goldsworthy, Criminologist from Bond University and the Queensland Police Service, Fraud and Cyber Crime Unit.  

This free forum will provide vital information on the latest fraud and scam crimes and why the community continues to be caught up in this type of crime.

REMEMBER ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM, so please share this information with your NHW residents, local community, friends and families and join us on:

DATE: Tuesday 30th September 2014.
TIME: 6pm until 8pm (Registration and light refreshments from 5.30pm – 6pm, forum commences at 6pm).
VENUE: Robina Community Centre (Library Building), 196 Robina Town Centre Drive.
RSVP: 0412 707 186

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