Saturday, September 23, 2017

DRUG LABS - A SPOTTERS' GUIDE



Drug labs pose a risk to the safety and security of us all. The ingredients used in drug labs to produce illicit drugs are highly toxic, flammable, and incredibly dangerous.  Drug labs explode, ignite and emit harmful gases that can cause serious health problems and can be life-threatening.

The State Drug Squad is a specialist investigative unit responsible for conducting and assisting in investigations of serious drug offences including the production of dangerous drugs and possession of drug lab equipment.  The SDIU is responsible for safely dismantling drug labs. 


The  message - should you locate or suspect a drug lab - is:

GET OUT - STAY OUT - CALL POLICE

Indicators of a drug lab:

  • ​​​​Items of a suspicious nature including improvised heating and cooling mechanisms
  • Other used materials (cold and flu packets, empty pseudoephedrine blister strips, gas cylinders or butane fuel cans, stained coffee filters, pH testers or test strips, water pumps) surrounding a property
  • An unusual chemical smell
  • Plastic containers (with or without chemical labels) at the premises
  • Laboratory glassware being carried into a premises or present at a premises
  • Fan or pump type noise coming from the premises
  • Residents never putting their rubbish out or burning their rubbish
  • Little or no traffic at a residence during the day but frequent traffic late at night or at odd hours
  • Windows blackened out or extra effort to ensure windows and doors are covered or reinforced
  • Evidence of unusual electrical work surrounding the premises
  • Noticeable hoses and pipes near windows or doors
  • Installation of extractor fans (especially in garages/sheds)
  • Recently rented premises where residents are rarely there
  • A new tenant willing to pay rent months in advance using only cash
  • New rental applicants who try to avoid background checks
  • Chemical/reaction waste (often carelessly disposed of). 
 

 Thanks to the Queensland Police website for this info


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

REFUND SCAM ALERT


Be aware there are (at least) two email scams operating at the moment, with one especially relevant during the income tax period.

Australian Taxation Office scam
A resident in our area received this ‘Australian Taxation Office’ refund email. Apart from the fact the resident hadn’t submitted his tax return yet, anyone who had received a tax refund previously would be aware that refunds are paid by cheque or direct debit into your nominated bank account. You’ll also notice the email is only address ‘Hello’ and not to the specific person.

If you receive this one, do not click on the ‘Refund’ hyperlink and delete it immediately.

Telstra refund scam alert
There have been a few variations of the ‘Telstra Account’ scam circulating by email. Below is the ‘refund version’ of the email scam.

Firstly, you will only receive a Telstra bill/refund if you are a Telstra customer. Secondly, all Telstra accounts are addressed personally to the account holder, not ‘Dear Valued Consumer’. Do not click on the bill hyperlink or the ‘Log into My Account’ button and delete it immediately.


There are a number of email scams operating, which are transmitted through infected computers. If you receive an email from a bank, government agency or business you do not have an account with, delete it immediately. If you do deal with a bank, government agency or business, check the account details with records you hold to determine if the email is genuine. 

If you still can’t decide, locate the organisation’s telephone number in the telephone book or by Yellow Pages online and call.

Finally, government agencies and businesses do not demand payment in Bitcoins, iTunes cards or gift cards. If you think the call or email may be fake, hang up or delete it.

Senior Sergeant Andrew Lake 6695
Oxenford NHW Police Liaison Officer
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

PLEASE SLOW DOWN IN OXENFORD AND EVERYWHERE



Did you know that there are currently over 3500 active mobile speed camera sites within Queensland? These mobile speed camera sites have been approved according to strict selection criteria.  The sites are available for portable devices, covert and/or marked mobile speed camera operations.  

The traffic crash history of a location is the primary criterion used to initially identify these sites.  Other reasons for the establishment of a mobile speed camera site may include verified high risk speeding behaviour or roadwork sites where workers are at risk.

Sites are subject to approval by a Speed Management Committee which generally comprises of representatives of the Queensland Police Service, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, RACQ and Local Governments.  

Sites may be parked from camera operations from time to time due to impacts upon those mobile speed camera sites including roadworks, revised speed limits or the road has been reengineered preventing the deployment of the mobile speed camera unit.  In some cases, there maybe a number of mobile speed camera sites along the same road within the same locality. The list of approved sites will be updated to accommodate changes to mobile speed camera sites. 

For additional information on Mobile Speed Cameras or on Fixed Camera Locations or to learn more about infringements issued from Mobile Speed Cameras go to  www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/roadSafety/activespeedcamerasites.htm.

Current penalties for speeding
  • Less than 13km/h over the speed limit:
    $168 + 1 demerit point.
  • At least 13km/h but not more than 20km/h over the speed limit:
    $252 + 3 demerit points.
  • More than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h over the speed limit:
    $420 + 4 demerit points.
  • More than 30km/h but not more than 40km/h over the speed limit:
    $588 + 6 demerit points.
  • More than 40km/h over the speed limit:
    $1,177 + 8 demerit points and 6 month suspension.
Before you say “It’s just revenue raising”  we’d like to remind you that speeding is a factor in about one third of road fatalities in Australia. Additionally, more than 4100 people are injured in speed-related incidents each year. Don’t want a fine? It’s simple. Abide by the speed limit and don’t put others’ lives at risk...least of all your own.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tues 8th August meeting and AGM



Our next get together is on Tues 8th August   at 7pm. This will also be our AGM.


The venue, as always, is the Oxenford and Coomera Youth and Community Centre. Feel free to come along – no need to RSVP – just turn up.


We have an interesting speaker at every meeting  and you will also get to  meet our Police Liaison Officer Sr Sgt Andrew Lake and our Local Councillor William Owen Jones along with many of your fellow neighbours.   


You will therefore  feel better connected to your community, make new friends and learn much about local news, developments, crime figures and more.



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Monday, July 3, 2017

ARTICLE ON SPEEDING BY ALLIANZ


 Great article - courtesy of Allianz.com

Speeding is a factor in about one third of road fatalities in Australia. Additionally, more than 4100 people are injured in speed-related incidents each year. But there's always more than one victim of speeding.

Speeding affects not only those directly involved in a speed-related accident. A death or serious injury affects the victim's friends, family, witnesses, and the community at large. A hard-hitting ad campaign from the Transport Accidents Commission Victoria depicted the real-life impacts of the speed-related death of Luke Robinson in 2010 on 23 people who knew him. The campaign focused on just one event, but there are hundreds of people who die and thousands injured as a result of speeding every year in Australia.

Consequently, there are thousands of victims of speeding - either directly or indirectly - in this country, and with every death on the road there are hundreds more that suffer.

The figures

The number of road accident fatalities in Australia fell from a peak of 30.4 per 100,000 people in 1970 to 6.9 in 2009. Still, there are an estimated 1300 deaths on Australian roads each year and speeding is said to be a factor in about 34% of these incidents. The drivers that are most likely to commit speeding offences are males aged 17-25 and they account for one third of all speeding drivers in fatal crashes.

What is speeding?

The definition of speeding goes beyond driving above the speed limit. Speeding includes driving too fast for the circumstances or conditions of the road, such as not taking into account weather, light, traffic, roadwork, or road surface.

A driver can easily lose control of their vehicle when speeding, as stopping distances (the distance that a vehicle travels while slowing to a complete stop) and reaction times (the time it takes to see a hazard, realise the danger and take consequential action, like braking) increase. For example, in dry conditions a car traveling at 60km/h takes about 38m to stop; a car traveling at 80km/h needs the length of more than half a football field to come to a stop. Distance and time is critical when an object or pedestrian comes into the path of a vehicle .A long reaction time means a greater stopping distance and the likelihood of an unavoidable and severe crash is therefore increased. In essence, 'the faster you drive, the harder you hit'.

The cost of speeding

Aside from its emotional toll on victims, witnesses, family and friends, speeding incidents cost the community at large. Speed related crashes cost the Australian economy around $27 billion dollars each year and occupy valuable resources. Emergency services, hospital and healthcare and loss of productivity in the workplace are some of the expenses that the community takes on.

What you can do

There are a few simple ways you can prevent speeding and hopefully some of the tragedy speeding contributes to:
  1. Monitor your speed especially when slowing down from a high speed.
  2. Be aware of road signs or warnings especially when approaching curves or corners.
  3. Always stay within the speed limit posted on a particular stretch of road.
  4. Drive slower than the speed limit if weather, traffic or road conditions are poor or difficult to drive in.
  5. When travelling at high speeds, increase the distance between your car and the vehicle ahead of you so that you can stop safely and react quickly to prevent an accident.
  6. Avoid cutting in front of larger vehicles such as trucks because these vehicles require greater stopping distances.
  7. Install safety technology in your car to help prevent you from speeding. For example, Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) is able to alert drivers when they exceed the speed limit by providing auditory or visual warnings. ISA begins to function when a driver exceeds the speed limit for a section of road, by employing GPS technology linked to a speed zone database.
  8. If you are a passenger in a car in which the driver is speeding, ask them to slow down.
Speeding directly affects not only the speeding driver, but also passengers and other road users.

For the families of those killed in accidents where speed is a factor, the impact can last a lifetime. 

Accidents caused by speeding are avoidable: safe, speed appropriate driving can contribute to further reductions in our road tolls and avoid the unnecessary emotional and financial toll on families across the country.



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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA CRIME MAP


 Posting this again due to popular demand :)

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. CrimeMap.info 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 https://crimemap.info/
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

CRIME REPORT - APRIL 2017

Nine offences were reported to police in April, with a spate of burglaries over a three-day period being the biggest issue. Two of the offences could be considered attempts, although the offenders gained entry into the roof space of one house.
A caravan was also stolen, whilst being stored in a driveway. There must be a market for stolen caravans, so owners should review their security. Perhaps a solid wheel clamp and hitch lock should be considered to better protect them.
For full details of all the crimes committed in our area, come to our next meeting on Tuesday night (09/05/17) at the Oxenford Community and Youth Centre.
Burglary
25/04/2017/2017 Thames Place: Unknown offender/s has entered the rear yard and gained entry through a closed by unlocked sliding door. Messy search of house, unknown if property stolen.
26/04/2017 Wimbledon Way: Unknown offender/s has attempted to gain entry by jemmying the front door without success. Offender has then used ladder to gain entry through upper level window. It appears offender/s disturbed when alarm sounded. Jewellery and mobile phones stolen. Linked offence
26/04/2017 Queens Park Circuit: (Attempt) Unknown offender/s has entered the front yard of the premises and attempted to gain entry by jemmying the front door. Nil entry gained, nil stolen. Linked offence
27/04/2017 Rushcutter Avenue: Unknown offender/s has climbed onto the roof of the victim's house & removed tiles to enter the roof space. Other than small damage to the internal ceiling, no further entry as gained.
Theft of motor vehicle
04/04/2017 Regatta Avenue: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the victim's locked Nissan utility by unknown means and driven away. The vehicle was parked on the roadway at the time.
29/04/2017 California Drive: Unknown offender/s has attended the victim's address and stolen a Caravan which was stored in the driveway.
Wilful damage
13/04/2017 Winslow Court: Unknown offender/s has smashed 4 windows of the house with ball bearings or similar.
16/04/2017 Global Plaza: Unknown offender has scratched the driver’s side panels of the victims Dodge wagon.
22/04/2017 Tamborine-Oxenford Rd: SOLVED: Male offender was observed to enter the pedestrian underpass on Tamborine-Oxenford Rd and spray graffiti on the walls. Male later located and charged.

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, Acting Inspector 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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