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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Monday, December 22, 2014

NOVEMBER CRIME REPORT

Reported crime took a break from our NHW area for the first half of November, which is very good.  In the second half of the Month there were three burglaries and one business broken into.
As Christmas quickly approaches, please ensure your homes are secure as some criminals think the gifts under your tree would be perfect for their family!
Burglary
18/11/2014 Oberon Way: Unknown offender/s gained entry by slashing a flyscreen and jemmying a bedroom window. The house was ransacked and jewellery and electrical items were stolen. Exit was by a rear door to Gambambora Park.
19/11/2014 Iowa Court: Entry gained through an unlocked door & wallets containing cash & cards stolen.
20/11/2014 Myall Court: Unknown offender/s gained entry by breaking open a security screen door & forcing a glass sliding door open.  Cash, jewellery & electrical items were stolen.
Break and enter premises
30/11/2014 Cottonwood Place: Unknown offender/s cut a securing bolt & then jemmied the lock to gain entry to the business within the Oxenford Centro shopping centre. Petty cash was stolen.
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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Friday, December 12, 2014

Planning your holidays?


There are things you can do every day to help make your home safer but when you are planning your holidays and know that your home is not going to be occupied for a time, it is a worry. A home that looks unattended is generally an easier target for a burglar.
The key to deterring burglars while you are away is to make your home look like someone's at home. Before heading off on holiday, here are some easy tips to prepare your home:
  • Leave a radio on and tune it to a talkback station
  • Use a timer on lamps to make it look like someone is inside
  • Cancel deliveries, such as newspapers, or have a trusted person collect it for you
  • You should also have a trusted neighbour or  relative empty your letterbox and take your bin out and in, even if it is empty
  • Hang some old clothes on the line and leave ( a large pair of) old shoes outside the front door
  • If you are going away for an extended period of time, consider getting a house-sitter and arrange for someone to mow your lawn 
  • Try not to leave invitations or notes about holidays in plain view such as stuck on the fridge, next to the phone or on a whiteboard
  • Do not post about your absences / holiday on social media
  • If you are out for the evening, leave a light on and close the curtains.
Here are some tips to manage your phone and messages before you go on holidays:
  • Divert your home phone to your mobile and lower the volume on your phone 
  • On your answering machine say 'We can't come to the phone right now' rather than 'I'm on holidays and will be back on...'
  • If you live alone, say 'We can't come to the phone right now' rather than 'I can't come to the phone right now'.


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

THE G20 IS HERE


The G20 is here
The preparation is complete and the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2014 will be held in Brisbane next weekend (14-16/11/2014). Like it or hate it, many of the world’s leaders and approximately 3,000 media representatives will be in the Brisbane and Gold Coast area next weekend.  So, what will it mean for us?
The G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013 has commenced and the various declared and restricted areas are now in operation.  Of interest, there are three declared areas on the Gold Coast, the Sanctuary Cove ‘Market place’ area, Palazzo Versace resort and Surfers Paradise Marriott resort.  In Brisbane, most of the city and South Brisbane as well as the airport are declared areas.  The Intercontinental Resort at Sanctuary Cove as well as the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, parts of South Bank and the Brisbane are restricted areas, with access prohibited to all persons who do not hold Commonwealth accreditation.
There will be major traffic disruptions in the Brisbane area from 7pm on 13/11/14 until the morning of 17/11/14.  The biggest anticipated disruptions will be on the major roadways on Friday 14/11/14 due to the motorcades of dignitaries travelling from the Brisbane Airport to the city.  Roads will be closed by declaration for motorcades by notification on the police website (www.police.qld.gov.au/G20/default.htm).  When a road is declared to be closed, traffic will be prohibited and all vehicles unlawfully parked will be seized and towed.
Public Transport will be disrupted with most Brisbane city bus services cancelled. Buses will operate in the outer CBD areas to specified places, with passengers facing a walk into the city centre (up to 2Km).  The Gold Coast – Airport train link will operate as normal, with a diversion through Yeerongpilly to the Ipswich line.  If you are attempting to travel to the airport, catch the train!  Ferries in the city will operate normally.  More information about the G20 public transport changes is available at the Translink website (http://translink.com.au/).
G20 isn’t only about the leaders; there are a number of exhibitions and activities being held in Brisbane over the weekend, even the opportunity to spot various world leaders.  South Bank (apart from some restricted areas) will be open as usual and most of the city will be business-as–usual. As long as you are willing to walk a bit from the train station, access should be relatively easy.  Further information on the G20 Cultural Celebrations is available at http://g20cultural.initiatives.qld.gov.au/index.html.
Notwithstanding the above, the G20 will be an ongoing security operation until 17/11/14. The G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013 provides additional powers to police officers, accredited security officers and ADF personnel.  A large number of articles are prohibited (without a legitimate reason) and you may be stopped and searched by an authorised person for a legitimate reason (e.g. you are near a restricted area or a motorcade route) for any prohibited articles.  Many searches will be similar to what happens if you go to a sports match (i.e. bag-search) along with being required to removing any coats, hats and sunglasses and to allow a visual search for possible hidden articles.  A basic pat-down search may also be performed and you may be asked to provide identification. 
Please keep in mind the authorised persons are conducting the search as required under the Act, not for their entertainment or out of vindictiveness.  Be polite and maintain your good humour and the process will be over as quick as possible.
Protests are likely to be held at various times from now until the end of the G20 event.  Whilst peaceful protests are a respected part of democracy and negotiations have been conducted with a number of groups, the risk of violent protests, including assaults and property damage are possible.  If a violent protest occurs, don’t stay around to watch the entertainment, leave and obey all lawful directions. Otherwise, you could become injured or, worse still, arrested.
There will be police officers from all states of Australia as well as New Zealand (as well as various ‘security specialists’ from various countries) as well as worldwide media in Brisbane for the G20, so say G'day and welcome them to our State.  We will definitely be ‘on show’ and hopefully it will work perfectly. Enjoy the event!

Senior Sergeant Andrew LAKE 6695
Operational Improvement
Queensland Police Service

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

From District Crime Prevention - Gold Coast


 From  Tracey Bailey Acting Sergeant 11465 - Officer In Charge District Crime Prevention Unit GOLD COAST DISTRICT to Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch. "I have just conducted an audit for break & enter offences (dwelling, premises, shop) reported between 01/07/14 and 22/10/14.  The search has identified that during the specified time frame 16 offences were reported in your Neighbourhood Watch area.  The streets where these offences have occurred are as follows:

Cottonwood Place, Oxenford
Oberon Way, Oxenford
Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford
Michigan Drive, Oxenford
3x Cotton Wood Place, Oxenford
2x Carnarvon Court, Oxenford
California Drive, Oxenford
Wimbledon Way, Oxenford
Julie Court, Oxenford
Silky Oak Court, Oxenford
Otway Place, Oxenford
Oregon Way, Oxenford
Brentwood Terrace, Oxenford

In addition, during this same period there have been 15 reports of steal from motor vehicle offences (SFMV).  The streets where these offences have occurred are as follows:

Cotton wood Place, Oxenford
Unknown, Oxenford
2x Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford
2x Broxbourne Place, Oxenford
Global Plaza, Oxenford
Pottinger Crescent, Oxenford
Missouri Way, Oxenford
David Cup Court, Oxenford
Temple Island Circuit, Oxenford
Silverash Street, Oxenford
Oxenford Central Shopping Centre
California Drive, Oxenford
Riversdale Road, Oxenford

Upon further analysis it would appear the majority of these SFMV offences occurred on driveways with entry being gained by damaging the vehicle (smash window, manipulate lock).  On 4 occasions toolboxes in work utes were targeted.

Forwarded for your information and any proactive action you may deem necessary in an effort to assist police with reducing these occurrences in your local area.


In the event any locals have information that may assist in the investigation of these offences please refer them to police link ph: 131444, crime stoppers ph: 1800 333 000 or their local police.


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