Our AGM was held, together with electing the committee members for 2018. We have a new Area Coordinator – Garry Davidson, who is also our Treasurer. All other positions remained unchanged.
Our sincere thanks to our outgoing Area Coordinator, Ian Moller who has worked tirelessly for Ferny Grove NHW10 over the past 4 years. Ian will be assisting the Treasurer in 2018.
2017 has been a successful year for NHW10 with many activities, the last being a successful Dogs On Patrol event at Ferny Grove Dog park.
We were fortunate to have Police in attendance, over 35 vehicles had one way screws fitted to their number plates.
Why prevent number plate theft? There is a cost to the vehicle owner in obtaining replacement number plates. The stolen number plates are used for fuel theft and non payment of tolls. The thefts, initially, come back to the vehicle owner, who then has to prove they were not responsible.
We held our last NHW meeting for 2016 on Wednesday 16 November, which also included our AGM.
The only change to the committee was the election of a new Treasurer, Garry who has replaced Jim. Thanks to Jim for his efforts, he leaves us with a higher balance than 12 months ago.
Thanks to the committee, Zone Co-coordinators and newsletter delivery people for their efforts over the last 12 months.
We also had a special guest speaker, Sergeant José Sarmiento, Crime Prevention Officer, Inner West Patrol Group. José updated us on local issues. Stealing vehicle number plates is a major issue. Fitting one way screws will prevent number plates being stolen.
Leaving valuables in plain sight is another problem, thieves look for anything easy – do NOT make their life easy. Don’t leave your valuables in plain sight and secure your house.
Police are investigating suspicious behaviour reported to have occurred recently in the Mitchelton, Arana Hills and Keperra areas.
Police have received several reports within the last month in relation to a man approaching women while they were walking to and from train stations and dwellings.
The man is reported to have made inappropriate comments towards the women and attempted to follow them.
He is believed to be using a silver vehicle to move to and from the locations.
The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 20s or 30s, between 165 – 180cm tall with a thin build, fair complexion, acne skin, and short sandy brown hair. He is described as having an untidy appearance with poor posture.
He has been seen wearing a grey jumper, skate shoes and possibly has a tattoo on the left wrist.
Police are appealing to anyone who may have encountered a similar experience in these areas to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.
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NHWFG5, which is based in Mitchelton, are holding a Dogs on Patrol even on Sunday 10 April 2016 from 8:00AM to 11:00AM. See the attached flyer.
Recently it has been reported in the Ferny Grove area that a teenager (male) comes to the front door of a house, generally at night, asks to be driven to the train station as he needs to get to training and his parents are not available. The story can change if the person is challenged.
While this may all appear innocent, there is the possibility that the individual is up to no good.
It is NOT advisable to open the door or let them into your house OR drive them anywhere.
Contact PoliceLink on 131444 to report the incident, as others may have also been approached.
Received the following from myPolice Brisbane West
Police are warning people about a new email scam targeting internet users across Queensland today.
The scam involves victims opening an email which indicates they have broken the law and are being issued with a subpoena to attend court.
When users click on a link they are directed to a Russian webpage where they are prompted to download an executable application which infects their computer.
Policelink has received a substantial number of calls advising of the email scam occurring today.
Police are urging anyone who receives an unsolicited email with unusual or suspicious content not to click on any links or reply to the email but instead simply delete it from their inbox.
For more information about online scams or to report a scam visit Scamwatch
A vehicle stolen in Arana Hills was located in Ferny Grove.
If you notice any suspicious vehicles , call Police Link on 131444.
One theft was reported in the NHW10 area, theft of a wallet from an unlocked car at a car park in McGinn Road.
It is important that valuables are not left in unlocked vehicles, even in your own garage. Also, valuables should be in easy view, even in a locked vehicle.
See our article on Car and Trailer Security.
No crimes were reported to Police in the Ferny Grove NHW10 area.