Alert: Suspicious females want access to houses, Christchurch

Through Neighborhood Support this press release came in from the Christchurch Police.

Suspicious females want access to houses

Police are concerned with young females attempting to gain access to resident’s houses.

There have been several incidents in the Northern Christchurch Area where a female aged between 18 to 35 years has approached elderly residents asking to use their phone and or toilet. On some occasions they have been allowed access to the house.

Police are concerned that this person or persons are using this as an opportunity to steal items from address then or later.

Sergeant Todd WEBLEY of the Papanui Police said “If you don’t know the person don’t let them in your house”.

Police suggest that they are to be directed to the nearest public toilet or the phone is handed out the door to them to use.

If anyone has any suspicions about someone wanting access to their house they are asked to call the Police.

Sergeant Todd WEBLEY

Papanui Police

Ph 374 1717


The Orb: Report Online Crimes

A new website has been launched for New Zealanders to report various kinds of online crimes: the Orb.

The Orb has been developed by NetSafe to offer all New Zealanders a simple and secure way to report their concerns about online incidents. The Orb works with partner agencies to direct your reports through to the organisation best able to investigate or advise you on various types of online incidents such as scams and frauds, spam messages, objectionable material, privacy breaches and problems whilst shopping online.

Partners include: New Zealand Police, the Department of Internal Affairs, the Privacy Commissioner, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the Commerce Commission, the Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection and the New Zealand Customs Service.

The Orb enables us to ‘report online crimes, online’

Strictly speaking, not all internet based incidents are crimes under New Zealand law and not all our partner are law enforcement agencies.

The Orb has been set up to handle:

  • objectionable material;
  • online traders;
  • breaches of privacy;
  • scams or frauds;
  • computer attacks;
  • spam;
  • offending against children.

If it is not clear to you which category fits your incident, there is a separate “Other, don’t know” section, while child pornography can be reported via the ECPAT’s Child Altert Hotline section.

If you are a regular user of the internet, I suggest you go and have a look so you know where to go or where to refer another to when in need of assistance.

Complaints posted to the site would be reviewed by Netsafe and passed on to appropriate agencies, including police, Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, privacy commissioner and the Commerce Commission.

When complaints did not fit the criteria of the main enforcement agencies, they would be passed on to other corporate or government agencies, such as banks or organisations such as Trade Me

Source STUFF

Get arested as a result of SMS messages

The STAR ( a local news paper) of 14 August reported how texting helped the police in arresting accomplices in a burglary.

Initially the police were alerted about two men breaking  into a shed that formed part of the complex of a local swimming pool. Upon arrival the men ran off yet one of the burglars was arrested nearby the scene. Whilst in custody he started receiving a number of SMS messages asking where he was. The arresting officers sent a reply with a pick up address near the park. Two others showed up by car that were arrested for burglary allegedly because they were providing a getaway car.