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



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 lake.andrewi@police.qld.gov.au
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

FREE FORUM

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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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Who's chatting to your kids?



The internet has brought the world to our children’s fingertips, providing access to vast resources of information and the opportunity to communicate with people from around the world.

QueenslandPolice warn that smart devices and social media have become part of our children’s lives and they have strongly influenced how our children create, share and exchange information with others.

Unfortunately these same devices and applications have been embraced by sex offenders, who have proven to be exceptionally skilled at using them to gain access to children.
As parents and caregivers it is imperative to  have basic understanding of these technologies to enable you to guide, assist and supervise your children.

Children might not safeguard their personal details on the internet like they would in the real world. Therefore it is just as important to educate our children about ‘chatting’ to people online as it is meeting new people in the real world.

Ensure your child:
Chooses a non-identifiable, non-gender specific  username
Never gives out any personal information
Never accepts a friend request or file from a person they don’t know
Does not share passwords

Ultimately, you need to ensure your children have in place the most restrictive privacy  settings to reduce the risk of being approached online by a sex offender.

Please read the PDFbrochure at http://goo.gl/FtdXgQ for many more tips and information on how to keep your children safe online.


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FREE FIRST AID COURSE

FREE - Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch will sponsor four residents to attend a 'Provide First Aid – HLTAID003’ course with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

This is a 1- day face-to-face course and requires just some pre-course study (either online or by workbook). The course will take place at Volunteer Marine Rescue’s base in Southport at a date in November 2014 to be advised closer to the time – by the QAS.

To be considered to attend this free First Aid course you must :

· Email oxenfordnhw@email.com to request an application form
· Be aged 18 or over – ID’s will be checked
· Be an Oxenford resident and live within the boundary of Oxenford NHW as per the map you will find at the bottom (footer) of our website
· Be able to attend this one-day course in Southport in November 2014 (exact dates yet to be released by QAS)


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 REMAINING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch next meets on Tues 12th November 7pm at the Oxenford and Coomera Community Centre on Tamborine / Oxenford Road. Cr William Owen Jones attends every meeting as does Mark Boothman MP State Member for Albert  to bring us up to date with   community and regional news and happenings. 

Every meeting also has an interesting speaker and is followed by a social hour during which free refreshments are served and neighbours, committee members, police liaison officer and council and state representatives  can all meet and mingle. 

 
On Tuesday 9th December at 7pm we’ll have our Community Christmas Party at the Oxenford and Coomera Youth and Community Centre – everyone is welcome to attend – please bring your own drinks and a plate of something sweet or savoury to share.