Intruder

REVEALED: The worst Gold Coast suburbs for car and home robberies

Gold Coasters are being urged to ensure they lock up their homes and cars, with the city named as Queensland’s worst region for car theft and second worst for home theft.

The coast suburbs that appear to be the biggest targets for car theft include Southport, Upper Coomera and Helensvale.

While Ormeau, Upper Coomera and Robina rank the worst for home theft.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross says they’ve seen more than 600 cars stolen on the Gold Coast in the past four years, with northern suburbs the hot spots.

“It’s concerning the Gold Coast again tops the list for motor vehicle theft and we’re urging locals to take some simple steps to protect themselves,” Ms Ross told myGC.

“Never leave your keys or valuables in sight and make sure you’re parking your car in a secure location and keeping the windows up.”

While RACQ had seen a slight decline in home theft claims across the State, there were nearly 800 claims for burglary across the Gold Coast.

“Ormeau residents, and people right across the State, need to be wary of leaving windows and doors unlocked because this is an easy way for thieves to walk in and steal from you.

It’s also worth looking into sensor lights and other alarm systems to protect you,” Ms Ross said.

“Thieves are often opportunistic, so make sure your home is as secure as possible and properly value your items when insuring your home and contents.”

Car Fire

Car destroyed by flames at Upper Coomera

A car has erupted into flames on the side of a road in Upper Coomera overnight.

Crews were called to Old Coach Road and Denton Street just after 7.00pm following reports of a massive car fire.

Upon arrival, they found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

It took them about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, with a Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson confirming the vehicle was completely destroyed.

It’s not yet known what sparked the fire.

The incident has been left in the hands of Queensland Police, with investigations continuing.

Stab

Boy charged over alleged stabbing at coast shopping centre

A 14-year-old boy has been charged over the alleged stabbing of another teenager at a Gold Coast shopping centre.

Officers were called to Robina Town Centre around 5.30pm last Thursday following reports a young boy had been slashed with a knife.

It’s understood the 13-year-old was with a group of friends when he was approached by another group of males.

A fight then broke out, with the 14-year-old allegedly slashing the 13-year-old boy with a knife, which caused him to fall to the ground.

“The teenager allegedly continued to assault him,” Qld police said.

The 14-year-old has since been charged with with one count each of grievous bodily harm, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing a drug utensil, unauthorised dealing with shop goods and obstructing a police officer.

He is due to appear in Southport Childrens Court later this month.

Bus

Man repeatedly stabbed in vicious attack on Gold Coast bus

A man’s been rushed to hospital after being repeatedly stabbed in the upper body and head on the Gold Coast overnight.

The horrific attack happened on a bus in Varsity Lakes around 6.00pm on Monday.

Police say the 20-year-old victim was approached by another man who “made demands and threatened him” whilst they were travelling along Yodelay Street.

A fight broke out and the man was stabbed multiple times with a knife before his attacker fled with his backpack.

The 20-year-old man from Palm Beach was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anything suspicious in the area at the time are urged to contact police.

Investigations are ongoing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Storm Gold Coast Beach

Warnings cancelled as storms fizzle out over Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 5.00PM | A severe storm warning for large parts of the southeast, including the Gold Coast, has now been cancelled.

Storms began brewing in our west earlier this afternoon but lost most of their punch once they hit the ranges.

The BOM says the immediate danger has passed however it will keep an eye on things with the chance we could see more storms tonight.

The storms have left more than 18,000 homes and businesses without power in other parts of the southeast.

Almost 8,000 customers are blacked out in the Scenic Rim including more than 3,000 in Beaudesert.

EARLIER @ 3.30PM | A severe storm warning has now been issued for the Gold Coast and other areas of the south east.

Storms have been forming to our west throughout the afternoon and are starting to

The Bureau warns that severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Jimboomba, Lowood and Mount Tamborine.

Residents are advised to:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

 

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EARLIER @ 3.00PM |Parts of the Gold Coast are being hit by thunderstorms again with storm cells moving in across the Hinterland.

Severe storms have been detected on the radar in the Scenic Rim near Beaudesert with the storms tracking towards the southeast.

They’re expected to hit parts of Lamington National Park by 3.55pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.

There are no warnings in place at this stage for other areas of the Gold Coast.

Another storm cell has formed near Ipswich which is also tracking southeast towards the Gold Coast.

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