Saturday, March 17, 2018

Burglary Prevention Checklist

Burglary Prevention Checklist
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Lock all windows and doors, even when you're at home. Unlocked side and rear doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars 

Install deadlocks on all external doors and windows – remember to disengage deadlocks when you are inside to allow easy escape in the event of a fire 

Install a security screen door

Lock your mailbox to prevent the theft of mail and personal documents

Keep garden tools and ladders locked away. Your tools may be used by thieves during a burglary to gain entry to your home. Keep garages and sheds locked.
Other Actions
Get to know your neighbours. They may recognise unusual activity when you’re out
Bring in your bins and collect mail regularly so your home looks lived in. Ask a neighbour to bring your bin in if you are away for a while.

Make sure your house is visible from the street so passersby and neighbours can detect suspicious activity.

Cut overhanging branches and trim shrubs back from your house to make it harder for burglars to hide

Place packaging from newly purchased expensive items in the recycling bin – leaving boxes on the nature strip lets burglars know what you have inside.

Consider having a dog  and install sensor lighting

Install a monitored alarm system

Check the details of any salesperson or workman that comes to your door. Report any suspicious activity to your local police.

Consider installing a safe to store valuables.

Backup computer hard drives.

Join your local Neighbourhood Watch and be an active part of crime prevention in your community!

 Thanks to Victoria Police for this info

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Adverising in our newsletter

A rare opportunity to advertise in the Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch quarterly newsletter has become available.

Distributed to 2,000 local homes, the newsletter is printed on A3 and in glorious technicolour by William Owen-Jones Division 2, Gold Coast.

We already have a yoga teacher, a realtor, pool fencing, Bendigo Bank, the local SPAR Express Oxenford and All Coast Garage Doors.

If you have any other type of business and would like to advertise - it is only $50 x year (4 issues) - please email - first in - best dressed. Thank you.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018


Wondering how to join Queensland Police ?

The Queensland Police Service holds regular recruiting events throughout the year for people who want to become Queensland police officers.  

At these events, information is provided in relation to the current entry process and requirements for the Queensland Police Service.

ALL people (including family and friends) attending a Police Recruiting seminar: 
  • must have booked their place for that seminar via the QPS Eventbrite webpage;
  • must arrive 20 minutes prior to the seminar to allow security
    checks to be conducted;
  • must bring photo identification to access the seminar;
  • must ensure that if a booked seminar cannot be attended, that the ticket is cancelled prior to the event on their Eventbrite account.

Entry will not be permitted after commencement of the seminar. 

Please note: QPS is a family friendly organisation, however facilities are not available for children aged under 12 years.

Please also note: Ticket bookings for morning events close 6pm on the previous day, and ticket bookings for evening events close at 12pm on the day of the event. In order to ensure your seat, please book ahead of these deadlines.

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Friday, February 9, 2018


Identity theft - info courtesy of Victoria Police -  can happen in many ways. It can range from someone using your credit illegally, to having your entire identity assumed by another person and business conducted in your name without your consent. Important personal information can be accessed by a determined thief, despite your best efforts.
For example:
  • Your wallet or purse is stolen with all your identifying cards.
  • Your home is burgled and personal documents stolen.
  • Important documents, such as bank statements, credit cards, utility bills and taxation return, are stolen from your letterbox.
  • Mail is diverted to another address without your knowledge.
  • Recycle rubbish bins being searched.
  • Being the victim of a scam, where you have been conned into providing personal information over the telephone or by email (advanced fee fraud or phishing).
  • Your personal computer may have been compromised with malicious software or hackers / criminals may compromise the computers of businesses that hold your personal information.
  • Credit card details may be captured by hidden devices during an ATM or EFTPOS transaction (ATM credit card skimming) or your PIN number may be seen by someone in the queue (shoulder surfing).
  • Credit cards may be skimmed at retail outlets or restaurants.

How to protect yourself

Personal information is shared almost every day as you pay bills, log on to a computer, or engage with any number of transactions with other people and organisations. You can take an active role in reducing the risk of your identity being used without your knowledge. First, you need to recognise where you might be vulnerable and then make changes to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
  • Aim to provide a minimum amount of information about yourself.
  • Destroy identifying information when you are throwing out personal papers. That also includes 'Pre-approved credit card applications'.
  • Conduct regular checks / reconciliations of your billing and account records (credit card, cheque and mortgage accounts).
  • Limit the amount of credit you have in your 'everyday' accounts.
  • Obtain a copy of your credit rating report regularly.
  • Place passwords on all your important accounts.
  • Memorise passwords and avoid using obvious passwords.
  • Secure your personal information at home.
  • Collect new cheque books or credit cards in person from the bank.
  • Secure your mail with a lockable letterbox and only post mail at official post boxes.
  • Remove your name from mailing lists if you receive unsolicited mail.
  • Write cheques and fill out forms carefully so that they cannot be altered easily.
  • Keep a list of all your accounts and credit cards in a secure place.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018


By now, you would be aware that the Commonwealth Games are rapidly approaching. 

Within the Oxenford area we have two Games sites (Oxenford and Coomera) as well as a large car parking facility at Damian Leeding Park. In addition to this, there will be major impacts across the entire Gold Coast, including the M1.

Representatives from the Commonwealth Games Community Engagement Unit will be attending the next Neighbourhood Watch meeting, to be held at the Oxenford Community and Youth Centre on Tuesday 13 February at 7pm.

This is your opportunity to find out how you will be impacted, your travel options across the Gold Coast, how to get to the Games and lots of other things. If there is anything you need to know, come along and ask your questions.

Andrew Lake
Senior Sergeant 6695
Police Liaison Officer, Oxenford NHW

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Did you know that you can view the latest QPSCrime Statistics via the dynamic, user controlled QPS Crime Map?

Crimes are mapped on or near the location where they occurred. To protect privacy, individual addresses are not highlighted on the map.

There is also another online map you might find interesting. The link is – when you visit, click on the map or search for an address to find offences that have occurred in that area.

This is a good tool to use before buying / renting / moving into an area. utilises data provided by the Queensland Police Service to provide insights into the crime occurring around Queensland.

All new data from 2014 onwards is being retrieved via the Crime Stats Desktop website provided by the Queensland Police Service. This data is also released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.


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Monday, January 1, 2018


Feb 13th, May 8th, Aug14th (AGM), Nov 13th and our Xmas Party in 2018 will be on Tue  11th December. We always start at 7pm and the venue is – as always - the Oxenford & Coomera Youth and Community Centre.

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