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Crime Watch
« on: February 28, 2007, 12:05:15 pm »
Post articles here of the methods criminals use to take what is not theirs so that our members can look out for themselves and their property.

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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2007, 12:05:51 pm »
Be aware of the new hi-jacking scheme. Here's  how it works:
You walk across the parking lot, unlock  your car and get inside. 
Then you lock all  your doors, start the engine and shift into REVERSE and  you look into the rearview mirror to back out of  your  parking space when you notice a piece of paper stuck to the  middle of the rear window.
So, you switch off the  car or shift the gears into PARK,  unlock  your  doors and jump out of your car to remove that paper  (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view...
When you  reach the back of the car that is when the hi-jackers  appear out of no where, jump into your car and take  off!
The door was unlocked, your keys were in the  ignition, maybe the engine was running, (ladies would  have probably left their handbag, with their purse,  cellphone etc; in the car) and they practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.

BEWARE OF  THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED!!!

Should  this happen to you, just drive away and remove the piece  of  paper  that is stuck to your window later....and be thankful  that you read this email.

I hope you forward this  to all your friends and  family...especially  women!  A purse contains all identification, and you certainly  do NOT want  anyone getting your home address. They already have your  keys! 

Tom Odaniell, AA

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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2007, 12:05:51 pm »

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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2007, 09:36:49 pm »
Unreal!!!! :tickedoff:



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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2007, 09:03:20 pm »
On the weekend I heard about a couple that were having a braai at home and the womans hand bag was in her bedroom.  The burglars fished the handbag out through the window with a long stick and they found the bag empty at the bottom of the garden.  While this is a mild sort of crime it is still unsettling that they come into your home during normal waking hours and help themselves to your stuff.  The other night our alarm went off at  twelve thirty and we saw our front door open.  My husband thought  I did not lock it properly (but I know that I did) , we were not sure at the time as they did not try get through the security gate but after hearing the story of the hand bag I think they were trying to get our car keys or bags as most people drop these sort of items on the table in the fromt entrance.  I now try to put my bag and keys  away from easy access to avoid this.



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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2007, 09:09:41 pm »
Never hang your keys behind the door at night. If you do during the day, when you are at home - ensure you can't reach them from the outside. We take our keys to the bedroom with us at night. Also never put tags on your keys that say "Back Door", "Garage", etc. You know what your keys look like, so you are only making it easier for the burglar to find his way around.

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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2007, 09:21:23 pm »
Subject: Must Read for All..... Who have children or grandchildren

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to
grab a snack and get on-line . She logged on under
her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her
Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on.
She sent him an instant message:
ByAngel213:
Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was
following me home today. It was really weird!



GoTo123:
LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone
be following you? Don't you live in a safe
neighborhood?


ByAngel213:
Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination
cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.


GoTo123:
Unless you gave your name out on-line.
You haven't done that have you?


ByAngel213:
Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.


GoTo123:
Did you have a softball game after school today?


ByAngel213:
Yes and we won!!


GoTo123:
That's great! Who did you play?


ByAngel213:
We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms
are so gross! They look like bees. LOL


GoTo123:
What is your team called?


ByAngel213:
We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws
on our uniforms. They are really cool.


GoTo123:
Did you pitch?


ByAngel213:
No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has
to be done before my parents get home. I don't want
them mad at me. Bye!


GoTo123:
Catch you later. Bye



Meanwhile... GoTo123 went to the member menu
and began to search for her profile. When it came up,
he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen
and began to write down what he knew about Angel
so far.



Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina



Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating & going to the mall.
Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton
because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by
herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents
came home from work. He knew she played softball on
Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team
was named the Canton Cats.

Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey.
He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton
Jr. High School . She had told him all this in the
conversations they had on- line. He had enough
inform ation to find her now.



Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on
the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't
want them to make a scene & stop her from walking
home from the softball games. Parents were always
overreacting & hers were the worst. It made her wish
she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers
& sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.



By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps
following her. Her game was in full swing when suddenly
she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory
came back. She glanced up from her second base position
to see a man watching her closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base & he smiled
when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly
dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the
coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past
him. He nodded & she smiled back. He noticed her name on
the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a
few blocks to Shannon 's home, & once he saw where she lived
he quickly returned to the park to get his car .

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until
the time came to go to Shannon 's house. He drove to a
fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she
heard voices in the living room.

"Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset
& she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see
the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just
told us a most interesting story about you."

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything?
She had never seen him before today!

"Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked.

"No, " Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend,
GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo123
is a kid my age! He's 14 And he lives in Michigan !"

The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true.
You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be
kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids &
hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect
kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how
dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough
about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named
the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the
position you played. The number and name on your jersey just
made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean
you don't live in Michigan ?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh . It made you
feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't
as lucky. The guy found her & murdered her while she was
home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are
alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick
you into giving out information a little here and there on-line.
Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find
you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've
learned a lesson from this and won't do it again. Tell others about
this so they will be safe too?"

"It's a promise!"

That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all knelt down
together and thanked God for protecting Shannon from
what could have been a tragic situation.

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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007, 09:56:51 pm »
I think internet crime is getting scary nowdays! They have had a lot of programmes about internet crime here lately, how to avoid it and keep you kids safe!!


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Re: Crime Watch
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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2007, 10:05:30 pm »
Yep, the Internet is a pedophile's heaven and more and more so are cell phones with sms chat rooms. It is important to educated the kids as you can't stop them using the technology.

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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2007, 10:26:51 pm »
Myspace.com is a big fav among the teens here, and often they forget to set their profile to private.  They are so ignorant of the dangers of the internet.  :-\

there are only two places I chat online.  Here and on a Christian site that started out as a breakaway from sa_usa years ago, and at first was only for Christian SAfricans, but is now open to any true Christians, and I've had the pleasure of meeting many of the members.  Our admin is very strict about the membership.  We ony have about 75 members, but we're like family by now - for about 5 years now.  Most of the members are still SA, but we do have a few Americans and Canadians now too.
« Last Edit: March 05, 2007, 10:30:57 pm by zatexnz »
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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2007, 01:50:42 pm »
On this sad day that we are remembering Sheldean Human, I also need to post this :

If you have kids, or know anyone with kids, please pass it on :

SAP Kennisgewing : Dogtertjies - it is in Afrikaans, if you don't understand, let me know and I'll translate it for you.

Guys please watch your kids like hawks, there are some sick animals out there.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2007, 01:53:12 pm by Nolan59 »

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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2007, 11:34:09 pm »
I'm still very protective of my daughter, even here in NZ. So many people get on my case about it and say things like, this is NZ you can relax??? >:( I'm sorry, but I don't care where I am, I will always be weary of "those"type of people!


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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2007, 04:44:37 pm »
Those sick guys are all over the world in NZ too.  So yes, we need to be protective of our little charges.
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Re: Crime Watch
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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2007, 07:07:12 pm »
Got this via email today:

On Saturday, I turned off at the William Nicol offramp from the N1
>Southbound with my girlfriend behind in her golf chico. I was
approached
>by a guy selling sunglasses wearing a navy blue and white cap and a
grey
>shirt, he came up to my window and asked if I wanted glasses to which I
>replied no thanks. He then proceeded to my girlfriends' car and asked
>her, to which she also replied no. He repeatedly asked her and then
>offered to buy her glasses and she again replied no. At this point he
>reached into her half closed window and placed his hand firmly between
>her legs and said "CAN I FILL YOU ?" at which time another vendor
>selling maps and one selling cellphone accessories gathered round and
>they all had a big laugh. She grabbed her window winder and rolled up
>the window at which point the guy withdrew his arm.
>From my car I saw him reach in, I opened my door and shouted at them
and
>they "Laughed me off ". The robot changed and I pulled off so that she
>was able to pull off.
>When we got home she was a wreck. Guys I know its sometimes difficult
to
>understand the severity of something like this. As a woman you feel
>violated and helpless, and this is where we need to step in and take
>action against these BASSTARDS !!!
>I was furious and after weighing up some damage to my car, decided
>rather to call the police. I called 10111 and asked them to dispatch a
>vehicle to the offramp, so they can at least see that something will be
>done and can't get away with these kinds of offences. A lady inspector
>answered and said that offences such as these are very serious and she
>would dispatch the police in our area but that I would have to meet
>them. I then went back to the offramp and waited. Within 20 minutes the
>police arrived and all the vendors started looking jittery. Five of the
>guys including the main guys involved started walking up William Nicol
>and the police caught the guys.
>The police inspectors basically told me that from their side they
cannot
>hold anyone and at most I can open a case, but the chances of anything
>actually happening to the guys are very minimal as there is no chance
of
>finding them to go to court. As it is a sexual assault offence there is
>no physical proof as in a robbery or smash and grab. He said that these
>traffic vendors are causing a huge problem for them as they commit
these
>assaults on women on a daily basis, but most of the women don't report
>it, the vendors also assist the smash and grab guys and hijacking guys
>for a small cut of the rewards .
>So after some stern words to the guys, who all flatly denied anything
>happening, (huge holes in their stories, like saying I am their
>friend???) they laughed it off and went back to selling merchandise.
>Please, I urge you not to buy from these traffic vendor CRIMINALS. If
no
>one buys these guys wont be there !!! If there is a group of guys they
>have a group mentality that they can't be held accountable for their
>actions.
>Girls Please wind up your windows at these intersections and ignore
>them, it's the easiest way to get them to move on. This is also a big
>factor in smash and grabs, as you talk to the guy on your side there
>will be a guy on the other side smashing your passenger window.
>When you look at these guys see them as potential criminals, sexual
>abusing basstards, it might save you and your loved ones emotionally
and
>physically .
>Thanks to the SAPS who assisted so quickly, they actually work better
>than calling your buddies up when it comes to dealing with known
>criminals !!!
>Please lets stand together guys and show them we will stand up for our
>women !!! and are tired of crime.
>Please ffwd to raise awareness, especially to women.



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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2007, 08:57:22 pm »
Thanks for the reality check MJ!!
Last night hubby and I were sitting here all irritated because our PR is taking so long and it's messing things up with moving to Chch. After reading this first thing this morning, it made me think, here I can sit at the traffic lights with not a care in the world and I'm stressing about PR, but you guys have good reason to stress about your PR when you still have to live with that??

My heart go out to all of you guys and I really hope that immigration pulls finger for you all too!! O0


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Re: Crime Watch
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2007, 09:49:54 pm »
Thanks MJ