Watching the neighbours
In today’s world of multiple screens, endless data and over sharing, I often wonder, and only recently asked my sons, “who is actually getting outside doing all those amazing things that you guys watch”? Old man rants aside, with seemingly most of our spare time spent looking down, the old community based neighbourhood watch type activities are slowly becoming a thing of the past.
Not so long ago a lot of communities proudly kept watch over their streets, reporting suspicious behaviour and criminal activities which regularly resulted in timely arrests. A while back we ran the Cooran Consultative Committee focused primarily on juvenile safety and offence prevention which worked well and helped change a mindset in that community. Folks, it frustrates us no end when doing a follow up investigation of offences when people say they heard and saw something a week ago but didn’t want to bother us or think it wasn’t worth reporting.
You know when something is just not right and although no one likes a busybody, it’s another thing entirely to report a suspicious vehicle or person at a neighbour’s property when they’re away on holidays or any other suspect activity. Not looking for a community of “narcs”, just some old school ownership to keep you all that much safer and collar more crooks.
Between November 13 and 14, a white 1996 Nissan Patrol station wagon with Queensland registration number 141TZB was stolen from the Pomona CBD. The vehicle was locked and parked outside a dwelling in Reserve Street and stolen sometime overnight.
Please be aware that vehicle thefts are increasing in the hinterland and a reminder to lock and secure vehicles and keys to deter offenders.
Please contact your local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you sight this vehicle or if you have any information regarding this or related matters.
The phone rings at police headquarters:
“Hello, is this police?”
“Yes. What do you want?”
“I’m calling to report my neighbour Bill. He’s hiding marijuana in his firewood.”
“Thanks, this will be investigated.”
Next day the police visit Bill’s house and execute a search warrant. They searched the shed where the firewood is kept, broke every piece of wood, found no marijuana and left.
The phone then rings at Bill’s house. “Hey, Bill! Did the cops come?”
“Yeah, they did.”
“Did they chop your firewood?”
“Yep, every piece.”
“Okay, now it’s your turn to call. I need my garden dug.”
But seriously, here’s a reminder on what numbers to use to get in contact with police:
- Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency (i.e. crime is happening now, or when a life is threatened).
- Call Policelink on 131 444 to report non-urgent incidents and when it is not an emergency.
- Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to provide anonymous information about criminal activity.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.