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POLICE REPORT – 7 February 2019

Thursday, February 07, 2019


Assistance sought re: Theft

On 29 January 2019, Police received a report from a resident advising that a number of household items had been stolen from their home located on Tevarua Lane. Police require assistance from the public to recover the items and identify the offender/s involved.

The stolen items include:

-Black Samsung 42” flat screen television;

-Maroon coloured Hoover brand Freejet 3 in 1 stick hand held vacuum cleaner; and

-several German made kitchen knives.

Assistance sought re: theft from charity box

Police received a report of a theft of a charity box at the Queen Elizabeth memorial gardens on Queen Elizabeth Avenue. The box has been prier open and all the money stolen.

School Zone Targeting

With school going back this week, we would like to remind everyone that between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm the speed limit past the school is 30 kilometres per hour. The school zone is only for a short stretch of around 400 metres, so driving past at 30km/hr instead of 50km/hr will add a grand total of 19 seconds to your day but may make the world of difference when a child crosses the road unexpectedly in front of you.

Drink Driving

Sadly several more people have been detected drink driving in the past few weeks. Drivers are reminded that we are always actively targeting drink driving and will be increasing our presence on the roads over the coming summer months. If you’re having a few drinks, whether planned or unplanned, please do the right thing by your community and seek another way home. An impaired driver on the road is a risk to every other road user, as well as to yourself and your passengers.

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:          enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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POLICE REPORT – 31 January 2019

Friday, February 01, 2019


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Police Report 24th January 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019



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Police Report 30th August 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Thefts from vehicles

Police have received several reports of thefts from vehicles parked near the school. If anyone has any information, please contact us.


P Plate Curfew and Passenger Restrictions

Over recent weeks it has been brought to our attention that a number of provisional drivers are either failing to adhere to, or simply ignoring some conditions of their licences, mainly the 10pm curfew and single passenger restrictions. We recognise that obtaining a drivers licence is part of growing up and becoming independent, however holding a drivers licence is a privilege, not a right. These conditions, like all road rules, are put in place for one simple reason, to keep all road users safe. There are studies (as well as incidents that have occurred on Norfolk Island in the past), that tend to prove that novice drivers are more at risk of having a collision while driving during the hours of darkness.


There are special provisions under the Traffic Act 2010 for provisional drivers to have their curfew hours amended to accommodate employment or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Unfortunately, hanging out with your buddies isn’t one of those circumstances, so we ask that our provisional drivers abide by the conditions surrounding their licences. The Traffic Act 2010 does not allow us any discretion when dealing with these breaches, so the only other option for us (apart from asking you politely) is to place you before the Court with the potential outcome being the loss of your licence for up to six months. We don’t want that…we don’t think you want that either.  

 

School Zone Speed Limit Reminder

A reminder that the 30km/hr school zone is now in operation from 8.00am to 3.30pm on school days. Please remember that it only takes some inattentive driving from one person for a tragedy to occur so please be vigilant when driving around the school.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. Police officers are available 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

                                                          Crimestoppers.com.au:  1800 333 000

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Police Report 25th August 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018



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Police Report 16th Aug 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Drink and Drive, Get Court.

Police are reminding motorists that we will be continuing to actively target drink driving on Norfolk Island after the twentieth driver of the year was detected allegedly over the prescribed concentration of alcohol on Saturday 11 August 2018.


In the latest incident, a young adult man has been summonsed with drink driving as well as driving whilst on a suspended licence. To put this in context, in a typical year about ten drivers face court for drink drive offences. 


International Youth Day – “Safe Spaces for Youth.”

Last Sunday 12 August was International Youth Day and the theme this year was “Safe Spaces for Youth.” This includes being online. We are all responsible for ensuring these spaces are respectful, inclusive and safe; especially for children and young people.


If you have not already, talk to your children and young people about the importance of being respectful and inclusive online as well as empowering them to speak up if something is not right. And while this may be an uncomfortable conversation topic for many parents to have with their children, this is an issue that shouldn’t be ignored. 

 

Things to discuss with your children about online use:

  • Encourage your child to think before they post online.
  • Ensure they know how to block and report people on the sites they use.
  • Advise them to avoid talking online to people they don’t know.
  • Ensure they know that they can talk to you if someone makes them feel uncomfortable online.
  • Discuss ethical relationships with your child.
  • Promote empathy and looking at situations from other people’s perspectives to prevent cyberbullying.

Visit ThinkUknow.org.au for resources on online safety.


Witnesses Sought to Vehicle Damage

We are seeking witnesses or information in relation to the damage to the windscreens of two vehicles whilst parked at Eldoo on New Cascade Road over the weekend of 11-12 August 2018.


Please give a call if you have information that can assist us.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

                                                          Crimestoppers.com.au:  1800 333 000

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Police Report 3 Aug 2018

Friday, August 03, 2018


Grass Fire Queen Elizabeth Lookout

About 12:15am on Friday 3 August 2018, Norfolk Island Fire Service and Norfolk Island Police Force responded to a grass fire adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Lookout on Rooty Hill Road. The 30-40 square metre fire was extinguished by the Fire Service in about 20 minutes as luckily it was not a windy night and the fire did not spread out of immediate control.


A witness has advised that the sound of fireworks was heard in the area shortly before the fire. The use of fireworks always carries with it a risk of fire and should only be used in wide open areas away from anything that can catch fire (including dry grass).


If you have any information about the use of fireworks around that location or time or have any information that can assist us investigate this, please give us a call.  


If it was you letting off fireworks from the lookout over a sloped, grassed area, What Were You Thinking?


Man Facing Court for High-Range Drink Driving

A man will soon be facing court on a charge of High Range Drink Driving after he was allegedly detected more than four times the legal limit of alcohol on Tuesday night 31 July 2018 following a single-vehicle collision.


This is the highest blood alcohol concentration detected by Norfolk Island Police Force in two and a half years and the 19th driver detected allegedly over the limit this year.


We remind all motorists that officers will continue to actively target drink driving on Norfolk Island.


Webcam and Password Phishing Scam

This week we have had a few Norfolk Island residents report to us that they have received emails threatening the recipient with the circulation of a comprising video to all of their contacts if they do not pay the sender money through Bitcoin. The email attempts to prove legitimacy by sending a password of the recipient in the email.


This is a scam. These emails have been sent all over the world. The password comes from a data breach of the Linkedin career/professional social media site in 2016. No they do not have a compromising video of you from your webcam.


If you have received this email:


1. Update your passwords (using a strong password format including letters, numbers and symbols)


2. Delete the email.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

                                                          Crimestoppers.com.au:  1800 333 000

Please 'contact us' for more information.

Police Report 13 July 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018


Tax Time Scams

Please be aware of the rising use of bullying tactics by fraudsters at tax time to try and scare people into making payments or to hand over their personal and financial information such as their Tax File Number or banking information.  Targeting people at tax time is a “very efficient business model” for scammers, because people keep falling for the scams. The Australian Tax Office last year received more than 81,000 scam reports.


Our advice is to never immediately open any attachments or links on emails that claim to be from the Australian Tax Office or other government agencies. Instead you should telephone them or go separately to their official website. The Australian Tax Office will never threaten your immediate arrest or request your personal information via email, text messages or social media. This is a clear sign that the communication is a scam.


Kids about on the Roads

As there are school holidays at the moment, there are increased numbers of kids near the roads on their bikes and on foot.

For drivers, please keep a careful watch for children when driving in the shopping precinct or residential streets as children can very quickly and easily move from safety to danger. Children act on impulse and have difficulty judging speed and distance.


Can parents please ensure that you encourage safe behaviour on the roads ensuring your kids wear a helmet when using their bike, scooter or skateboard (even though they may resist) and limit the riding of bikes on the road to older kids that are sufficiently experienced in riding in other areas first. Younger children under 9 should not ride on the road without active adult supervision. It is also safer to work out routes for your children to ride that limit riding on the road to avoid unsafe crossings or curves that may limit a driver’s view.


New Traffic Handbook coming

An updated Traffic Handbook is coming…. Watch this space.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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Police Report - 29 June 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018


Wet Weather and Road Safety

As we start to get a bit more rain a reminder to motorists to please drive to the conditions. Wiping a few kilometres off your speed will ensure you have sufficient distance to stop should an unexpected incident or obstacle appear in front of you.

Check your vehicle to ensure it is roadworthy – having sufficient tread on your tyres to disperse water becomes essential. It also makes good sense to turn your headlights on a little earlier given the reduced visibility in the rain. Other drivers can sometimes get distracted in focusing on the rain, so having your headlights on provides a little more insurance that you will be observed in the oncoming traffic.

 

Police power to impound vehicles

 

Did you know that Police have the power to impound vehicles on the spot for seven days under section 40D of the Traffic Act 2010 for reckless, negligent or dangerous driving behaviour? (As well as for driving under the influence, driving a vehicle whilst unregistered or driving a vehicle in an un-roadworthy condition).

 

In the past couple of weeks, police have received multiple reports of driving behaviour by our younger drivers and riders that would qualify for this action.

 

 

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

 

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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Police Report 31 May 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Bounty Day – 8 June

We wish everyone on the island a happy Bounty Day on Friday and a great day of celebrating with family and friends.

As we do every year, we will be ensuring the safety of participants and spectators with the road closures in the Kingston area. These will be commencing at 9.00am to allow the safe movement of the parade. 

 

Please arrive before 9.00am so that you will not be inconvenienced by the road closures

Norfolk Island Police Force Constable William Fellowes on horseback at Bounty Day 1932 (Photo courtesy Norfolk Island Museum)


New Justice of the Peace Service

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide a Justice of the Peace service at the Police Station as Deb (Fishy) has been appointed as a JP of Norfolk Island.


Justices of the Peace can:

- attest to the execution of a document

- witness an affidavit for use in court

- witness a statutory declaration

- certify a true copy of an original document

- certify a person’s identity.


Call ahead if you need assistance with a large number of documents. Otherwise, just pop into the station during office hours.


Reports of Unsafe Firearm Use

We’d like to remind our firearm licence holders of their obligations under the Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Act when using firearms near public areas.

The law is very clear that a “A person must not knowingly or carelessly or negligently discharge a firearm on, from, towards or across a public road, public street or public place” or “discharge a firearm to endanger, annoy or frighten, or in a manner that is likely to endanger, annoy or frighten, the public or a person” without a lawful excuse.


These laws are in place for the safety of the public.


National Police Checks

If you are a resident of Norfolk Island who requires a police check, you are required to obtain a National Police Check from the Australian Federal Police.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from: https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice



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