Saturday, November 17, 2018

NOVEMBER MEETING OF OXENFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH





November 20th at 7pm is the date and time of our next Neighbourhood Watch get-together - residents are very welcome to join us. We hope to see you there. No need to RSVP - everyone is made to feel welcome. You will learn much about local area happenings from the committee and also from the speakers and our local councillor William Owen Jones.

We meet at the Oxenford Youth and Community Centre on Leo Graham Way - opposite the GP Superclinic.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

OXENFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING DATES 2018


Remaining meeting dates for 2018:

Our next meeting is on Nov 20th and our Xmas party follows on Tue  11th December. We always start at 7pm and the venue is – as always - the Oxenford & Coomera Youth and Community Centre.

Everyone welcome - no need to RSVP - just come along and  meet your neighbours and become informed. 

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Friday, August 31, 2018

PREVENTING BIKE THEFTS ON THE GOLD COAST




Cycling, Bicycle, Riding, Sport, Recreation, Road

Article courtesy of City of Gold Coast

A lot of bicycle theft results from owners taking insufficient precautions to lock their bikes properly or leaving them in places where they are vulnerable to theft.Bicycles are stolen every day around Australia. Many of these bikes are found by police; however, being able to return a bike to its owner is a challenge if bikes are not marked and the owner cannot be identified.

There are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of having your bike stolen. 

  • Always lock your bike using a durable security device e.g. u-lock or folding bar lock. 
  • Lock the frame to a fixed, immovable object that can’t be broken or moved, even at home. 
  • Secure your bike in a busy, well-lit area where it can be easily seen, like in City of Gold Coast bike sheds
  • Secure any valuable components and accessories. 
  • Record serial numbers, make, model and colour. 
  • Engrave your bike. Your local police station has an engraving tool for loan and can help you work out your personal code and register the code in their property tracing database. For more details contact your local police station
  • Photograph the bike and consider insurance. 
  • Download a Bicycle Identification Card from the Neighbourhood Watch website to record all your bikes details and keep it in a safe place. 
For more information about bike security visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads - bike security website.



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Thursday, August 16, 2018

A HOME IS A HAVEN....





A home is a haven away from the world. It's the place we're at our most comfortable and relaxed. Which is why it's important to be prepared should your safety suddenly come under threat. By remembering these four steps, you'll be able to help keep yourself and your family safe.
·                     Go to a safe place
·                     Call Triple Zero (000)
·                     Do your best to stay calm and think as clearly as possible
·                     If you can, put a physical barrier between you and the threat

HOW TO BE PREPARED

The best way to protect against a threatening situation in the home is to plan ahead. You can do this in a number of ways, beginning with these helpful tips and tricks. And before you know it, your home will be as safe as houses.

  Make sure your home is secure 

·                     Check that the locks on all your windows and doors are working
·                     Buy timers for your lights, TV and radio
·                     Ensure your alarm and locks meet Australian standards

  Don't be a stranger

Police, Crime Scene, Blue Light, Discovery

Make an effort to introduce yourself to neighbours and do what you can to maintain a friendly relationship. If you know each other, you'll be more likely to look out for each other's safety.

  Don't open the door to people you don't know

Before opening the door, ask who's there. If it's a stranger, continue the conversation through a locked screen door.  If someone asks to use your phone, simply direct them to the nearest public phone box, or make the call on their behalf, leaving them outside your home.

  Don't give out personal details

Try not to give people on the phone or at the door your personal details, like marital status, working hours, employment and the number of people living at the house. If a company or institution needs your information, they can request it in writing.

  Check the credentials of tradespeople

If you're not sure they are who they say they are, don't let them in. Ask for formal identification and ring their company to double check.

  Don't let kids answer the phone

If your children are home alone, it's better that they don't answer the phone. By letting calls go through to message bank, people won't be able to obtain information about your whereabouts.

  Trust your instincts

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If you think someone is inside your home, don't enter the house. Call the police on Triple Zero (000) right away. Stay out of sight, at a safe distance from the house. If you see the intruders leave, take note of their appearance and car registration, make and colour. 
 

 Info Courtesy of Victoria Police

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

POLICE LIAISON OFFICER SR SGT ANDREW LAKE FAREWELL


FAREWELL: This will be my final blog post  for Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch as I stood down as the Police Liaison Officer  at last night's meeting. 
I have been heavily involved in Oxenford NHW since moving into the area over 20 years ago as a resident, block coordinator, assistant police liaison officer for Sgt Chris Rutherford, joint police liaison officer with Sgt Greg ‘Doc’ Newman and sole police liaison officer.

I am immensely proud of what our group has been able to achieve over the last few years, in particular the spread into the digital world, all in the word of crime prevention.  

We have raised money to install NHW signs, warning others that we are an observant area, we have operated speed safety trailers, we have installed ‘children stickers on wheelie bins (which achieved national media coverage), most importantly we have reduced the crime rate in our area.

With a change in my work role I will be travelling more often, reducing the available time I have for NHW. Many of you may not be aware, but almost all of what I have done with NHW over the years has been in my own time and it is time to hand over the reins.

I must recognise the two area coordinators I have worked with, Tony Moore and Dominique Lummus as well as all the committee members, block coordinators, other various assistants and especially everyone who has attended our meetings over the years.
 
Everyone has worked with the one goal of improving property security and personal safety, especially for our suburb. 

Farewell.

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DOMINIQUE LUMMUS RETIRES FROM AREA COORDINATOR ROLE AFTER 10 YEARS


Yes, I have retired from the role of Area Coordinator after a ten year tenure.

During this time I implemented many changes and modernizations that saw our group set a standard that NHW Queensland, NHW Australasia and the Queensland Police Service held for others to aspire to.

The innovations such as an e-mail database, a website, use of the media/press and social media to highlight local crime issues and disseminate information were ground-breaking 10 years ago and led to numerous awards.

…and I shared these new ‘fandangled’ ways and ideas far and wide J I visited many local groups to teach them how to set up email databases, engage the media, created websites and social media presences for other NHW groups and helped many get off the ground too. I also devised and presented several workshops on this topic at NHW Qld’s request.
 
My personal journey with Neighbourhood Watch also saw me represent all Queensland NHW Area Coordinators at State level for two years, after which I was asked to join the committee of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia. In this role I helped formulate guidelines for other groups to follow around IT and the modernization of Neighbourhood Watch both in Australia and New Zealand.

I have dedicated many hours to this group in organizing its activities and calendar, applying for funds, organizing campaigns such as our First Aid courses, to helping a local resident establish evening Moon Walks around the lake. 


I have engaged the local and national media, visited several other groups to raise awareness,  written thousands of words in articles for local publications, built and maintained its website, created graphics for our advertisers’ ads, attended dozens of Coomera Consultative Committee evenings at Coomera Police Station, arranged speakers for meetings and notably brought together council / state candidates and incumbents to attend public pre-election evenings.

I therefore feel that I have well and truly achieved way more than I ever set out to do – not only in helping reduce crime in Oxenford and improve your personal safety here in our gorgeous Oxenford neighbourhood but in helping Neighbourhood Watch communities Australia wide and in New Zealand too.

So, I leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart as well as the award of which I am most proud -  an Australia Day Award for service to my community.   
My thanks to our fantastic ­­­PLO Sr Sgt Andrew Lake, to the wonderful committee members and to the tireless zone and blockies. It’s been such a pleasure to work with you all and some lifelong friendships have formed.

Live long and prosper!



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Saturday, August 11, 2018

OUR AUGUST MEETING - 14th Aug 7pm


Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch Police Liaison
Officer (left) and Area Coordinator (right)
Our next meeting on 14th August is also our AGM - you are very welcome to come along - no need
to RSVP - just turn up and enjoy!

 TWO POSITIONS ARE OPEN
AT THE NEXT AGM

AREA COORDINAT­OR
&

RENEWAL OF ADS  MANAGER

The venue as always is the Oxenford Youth and Community Centre at 7pm.

See you soon!


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