Friday, March 20, 2015

BLOCK COORDINATORS NEEDED


We currently have three block coordinator's positions vacant, with two in Coomera Rivage and one in the Forest Hills areas (see below).

If you could donate 2 hours of your time, 4 times a year to deliver newsletters and are willing to undergo a police criminal history check (completed by me), we would welcome you on board. There is no requirement to attend the quarterly meetings if you don't want to. We may do an additional drop-off of leaflets on very rare occasions.

Area 2 – Coomera Rivage (102 houses)

Area 3 – Coomera Rivage (106 houses)

Area 11 – Forest Hills (155 houses)
Andrew Lake, Senior Sergeant 6695, Operational Improvement, Police Headquarters, Brisbane. (p) 3364 6045 (e) Lake.AndrewI@police.qld.gov.au.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CRIME REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2015

Four offences were reported to Police during February, which is another good outcome for our area.  It should be noted that both burglaries occurred during the daytime, with the other offences at night.  It is important to make sure your house is always locked when you go out. 
If you don’t have window locks, I would recommend them, as you can then lock your windows slightly open to let a breeze still come through the house.  If you can afford proper keyed window locks, Bunnings sell the “old-style” screw-on window locks for about $4.00 each.  Failing that, the old dowel in the window track will stop many crooks.
There have been a number of Telstra/Bigpond/Microsoft computer scams occurring lately.  Telstra, Bigpond or Microsoft (or any other similar business) will never call you to advise you of a problem with your computer.  I have also received reports of callers threatening to disconnect your internet if you refuse them access to your computer.  If you receive such a call, hang up immediately.  Do not provide access to your computer or give your credit card details to the person.  If you are unsure whether the call is genuine, hang up and call the business back using the phone number from the Yellow Pages phone book, website or your account statement.
Burglary
07/02/2015 Silky Oak Court: Unknown person has entered the victim’s unit by an unlocked sliding glass door and stolen envelopes containing cash from the kitchen bench.
11/02/2015 Ruth Terrace: Unknown person/s has entered the victim’s house by forcing open the ensuite window and stolen cash and a mobile phone.
Attempted break and enter premises
11/02/2015 Cottonwood Place: Unknown male person has removed two CCTV cameras from the rear of the business & attempted to force the rear door of the business.  Nil entry gained.
Steal from motor vehicle
12/02/2015 Riversdale Road: Unknown offender has gained entry to the victim’s Holden sedan by unknown means and stolen a cordless drill kit.  The vehicle was parked in the victim’s driveway.
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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Saturday, February 28, 2015

GOOD HOME SECURITY - OXENFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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.
For more info visit www.police.qld.gov.au click on Programs then Community Safety & Crime Prevention.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

FEBRUARY GET TOGETHER - AND SPEAKER

The next get-together of Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch takes place on Tuesday 17th February   – we meet at the Oxenford and Coomera Youth and Community Centre at 7pm. Free nibbles and drinks are available after the meeting when we all ‘stay behind’ and chat.


Our speaker for  February is Ken Golden OAM President of the Returned  and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch), North Gold Coast Sub Branch Inc. Ken gave a presentation at the Rotary Club of Coomera Valley last year and it was excellent. We are therefore looking forward to him coming to speak at our next get-together.

Looking ahead at 2015, the dates of our meetings will be  12 May, 11 August  (our  AGM), 10 Nov  and on Tuesday the 8 December  our Christmas party will take place.           


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Friday, January 9, 2015

REPORTING A TRAFFIC CRASH


From the 1st of January 2015, the law in relation to reporting traffic crashes has changed.  If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a traffic crash, depending on the severity of the crash there will be different requirements.  Motorists are only required to report traffic crashes where:
(i)            death or injury occurs; or
(ii)           a vehicle requires towing from the scene.
If you are involved in a traffic crash where:
(i)            no one is injured and the involved vehicles are driveable: the drivers need to exchange their personal & licence details, vehicle details and insurance company details (if known).  If desired the crash can be reported electronically; or
(ii)           no one is injured but a vehicle requires to be towed from the scene, the drivers are required to exchange their details (as above) and submit a traffic crash report to the Queensland Police Service; or
(iii)          no one is injured, but one of the drivers is won’t provide their details, does not have a licence or is affected by alcohol or drugs, police should be advised by calling Policelink on 131 444 or 000 in emergencies; or
(iv)         a person is injured or dies in the incident, police are to be advised immediately by calling Policelink on 131 444 or 000 in emergencies.
Non-injury traffic crashes can be reported to police by submitting an electronic report through a smartphone app or through the Queensland Police Service website.  The app can be downloaded for free and can be used for many purposes, including reporting crimes and traffic crashes, providing photos to police of suspicious behaviour, locating a police station, or receiving up to date information through the newsfeed.  The smartphone app can be downloaded for free at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/policelink/.
Naturally, it is better to be a considerate driver and avoid accidents in the first place!

Andrew Lake, Senior Sergeant 6695, Operational Improvement, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 6045 (e) Lake.AndrewI@police.qld.gov.au .
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CRIME REPORT DECEMBER 2014

Three burglaries were reported to police in December, so I’m confident you received your Christmas gifts.  In one instance the victim disturbed a male with a darkish complexion in her house and another house was broken into for a second time in a short period of time.  All the offences seem to have targeted cash.
Coomera Police now has a blog, where they will regularly update residents with information regarding crimes and other activities happening in the area.  You are able to sign up to the blog or just look at what has been happening in the area.  The blog is at:
Burglary
04/12/2015 California Drive: Unknown offenders gained entry to the victim’s house by unknown means and stole cash and electrical items.
08/12/2014 Riverdale Road: Unknown male person gained entry to the victim’s house by jemmying a glass sliding door.  The offender was disturbed by the victim and did not steal any property.
27/12/2014 Iowa Court: Unknown offender gained entry by jemmying a side door and stole two jars containing coins. This house was broken into on 19/11/2014.
Break and enter premises
21/12/2014 Cottonwood Place: Unknown offender has gained entry to the business by breaking locks securing the front door.  Cash was stolen from the till.
Steal from motor vehicle
15/12/2014 Oregon Way: Offender/s jemmied the door lock of the victim’s Toyota utility and stole cash from the cabin.
Wilful damage
18/12/2014 California Drive: Unknown person has poisoned a gum tree by unknown means, killing it.
20/12/2014 Ruth Terrace: Unknown person has damaged a Colourbond fence by kicking a large dent in a panel.
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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Sunday, January 4, 2015

ABOUT DOORS


Doors 

The external doors of your home should be of solid-core construction and fitted with key-operated double-cylinder deadlocks.  This is important where glass panels are immediately adjacent to the door as this prevents entry if the intruder breaks the pane of glass to gain access.

All door locks should be ‘keyed-alike’ for ease of use and safety.

Install a door viewer that allows you to see the person before you open the door.

For garage doors - When going away for extended periods of time disconnect the electricity to the  electronic garage doors and use a strong auxiliary key lock to secure the door. 

Security Doors

If you need to leave a door open for ventilation, consider installing a security screen door which is designed and installed to meet or exceed the relevant Australian Standards.

Typically these doors will be fitted with triple locking, triple hinges (either ‘step-over’ or ‘pinned’), and fitted with a ‘5 pin’ double cylinder lock.

All security screen door locks should be ‘keyed-alike’ for ease of use and safety.

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