Thursday, April 20, 2017

Let's talk Emergency Kits

Now, we wouldn’t want you all to turn into Doomsday Preppers – however – we do believe that every home should have an  Emergency Kit in place  as this gives your family a better chance of  surviving and coping with  an emergency situation should it occur.  

In this article we will list what should be in your kit at all times. Please make sure that all family members  know where the kit is kept  and please check and  update the contents of your kit regularly, to ensure everything is in working order and has not expired.

Discuss  your Emergency Kit with all householders and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.  If you need more information on this please visit and in their search box type in ‘dealing with disasters’

Food and water

  • Range of non—perishable food items
  • Bottled water

Medical and sanitation

  • First Aid Kit and manual
  • Essential medications, prescriptions and dosage
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Personal hygiene items


  • Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
  • Battery powered lantern


  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Traditional wired telephone
  • Prepaid wired telephone
  • Prepaid phone cards and coins for phone calls

Clothing and footwear

  • Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
  • Closed—toed shoes or boots for everyone

Tools and supplies

  • Whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties
  • Safety glasses and sun glasses.


  • Special items for infants (nappies, formula etc)
  • Special items needed by elderly or people with special needs
  • Spare house and car keys
  • Pet food, water and other animal needs
  • Diabetes emergency plan

Important documents

Scan copies of  important documents and  save the files on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit. Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.
  • Insurance papers for your hosue and contents, cars and for valuable items
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Wills and life insurance documents
  • House deeds/mortgage documents
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports/visa details
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Medicare, pension cards, immunisation records
  • Bank account and credit card details
  • A back—up copy of important computer files
  • Household Emergency Plan with emergency contact numbers

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


After the large volume of crimes committed in February, thankfully March has been relatively quiet. Additionally, several offenders have been arrested for crime committed in our area in the last month.
Of interest, four kayaks have been stolen in Oxenford since the start of 2017, most of which were chained up. If you own watercraft, whenever possible it may be best to store them in a secure shed, garage or similar location.
08/03/2017 Roseapple Circuit: SOLVED: Offenders have entered the victim's house through a partially open sliding door. The offenders have stolen handbags, computers, keys and a Holden sedan from the garage of the house. Three offenders arrested in the vehicle at Southport.
Break and enter premises
31/03/2017 Cottonwood Place: Two unidentified males have forced the front door of the business open and after entering then smashed two jewellery display cabinets with hammers and stolen jewellery. The offenders have tried to force open a staff room without success prior to leaving the scene.
31/03/2017 Winslow Court: SOLVED: Male offender has gained entry to the vacant house by forcing a security screen door. No property was stolen from the house.
31/03/2017 Michigan Drive: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the child care centre by forcing a glass sliding door open and entering the administration area. It appears no property was stolen.
01/03/2017 Brittany Drive: Unknown offender/s has entered the rear yard of the victim's residence and stolen a kayak which was chained to a storage rack. The offender/s has left by unknown means. Linked offences
01/03/2017 Brittany Drive: Unknown offender/s has entered the rear yard of the victim's residence and stolen two kayaks which were tied by rope to a storage rack. The offender/s has left by unknown means. Linked offence
Steal from motor vehicle
07/03/2017 Cottonwood Place: SOLVED: The victim's wallet was stolen from the glovebox of his unlocked Kia wagon whilst it was parked in the shopping centre.
Wilful damage
08/03/2017 Taroona Circuit: Unknown offender, possibly in a vehicle, has thrown a rock at a sliding door at the victim's house, causing it to shatter.

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 Unit, 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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Let's talk about smoke alarms...

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It is your responsibility to make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed. Smoke alarms save lives. 

In this article, we’d like to remind you all about your obligations when it comes to smoke alarms.
By law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms. 

Without them in your home, your risk of death from a house fire is up to 3 times higher. 

In Queensland, about three-quarters of all home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms — nearly half of all house fire deaths occur when people are sleeping.

Your obligations:

Homes built before 1 July 1997 must have at least one 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm

Homes built or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997 must have a 240-volt (hard-wired) smoke alarm.

Buildings submitted for approval from 1st May 2014 must have hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommends all homes are fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms (not ionisation types).

Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more effective than ionisation types because they 'see' the smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. For this reason they are good at detecting smouldering fires and dense smoke, and are not as prone to false alarms (from cooking etc.).

There are two kinds of photoelectric smoke alarms:

  • 240-volt smoke alarms (also called 'hard-wired smoke alarms'). These are connected to the house electrical system and have a battery back-up power supply
  • 9-volt smoke alarms (also called 'battery-operated smoke alarms') are stand-alone battery operated alarms.

When choosing a smoke alarm, make sure it:

complies with the Australian Standard AS 3786-1993
has the Standards Australia Mark or is Scientific Services Laboratory (SSL) certified.

By law, a smoke alarm must be installed on or near the ceiling in a hallway or area close to bedrooms and the rest of the house (in a multi-storey house, a smoke alarm must be installed on each level). 

Anyone who sleeps with their door closed should have a smoke alarm installed in their bedroom.


Saturday, February 25, 2017


 Click on the map AT THIS LINK or search for an address to find offences that have occurred in that area.

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.

The link is

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


This evening the February meeting of Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch took place. Here are some images from this very informative and well attended get together.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The free Australian Police Child ID App

A smartphone application has been developed to help Australian parents provide information to police in an attempt to locate their children if they go missing. 

The free Australian Police Child ID App was adapted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Child ID App in the United States. This collaborative effort has seen the Australian Federal Police (AFP) create a tool that will help parents and guardians more easily collect and send important information about their child/children to authorities in the event of a disappearance or abduction.

Image result for child safety The application allows families to store photographs and vital information about their children on their mobile phone. In the devastating event that a child goes missing, this information can be immediately provided to authorities. 
While the vast majority of children who go missing are quickly returned safely, usually within 24 hours of going missing, the application can be used to quickly provide crucial information to police, assisting them to expedite their search. 

The application also includes safety advice and checklists for parents on keeping children safe, information about what to do in the hours immediately after a child goes missing and provides quick and efficient access to emergency contact phone numbers. 

This app is available at no cost for Android and iPhone users. Please remember that anyone with information relating to a missing child should contact their local police or contact the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre on 1800 000 634 or email

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