Global News Blog: Motorcycle Gang Wars Continue

March 31, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Lauren Kuhner

Last week I bloged about the brawl between the Hells Angels and the rival bikie gang the Comancheros in the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport on the afternoon of March 22. There, Anthony Zervas, 29, was bludgeoned to death during a fight.

Now today Hells Angel Peter Zervas, 32, brother of Anthony, is believed to be the victim who was shot several times at about 11.30 p.m. (AEDT) while getting out of his vehicle.

Following the latest attack, Peter Zervas was rushed to St George Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Det. Supt Lanyon would not be drawn on whether police had information that Peter Zervas was in any danger prior to the shooting. “We obviously receive a large amount of information … certainly if the person does need protection police have the duty to provide that.”

“The police are in control of these matters, the police are certainly taking them seriously,” he said.”Obviously I’m not about to tell you these matters will stop today but certainly we treat them seriously.”

Meanwhile in Canberra, more than 300 members of the Rebels motorcycle club rode through the northern suburbs on their way to the funeral of slain bikie Richard Roberts. Roberts, and fellow gang member Gregory Carrigan were shot dead in suburban Canberra last week, adding to tensions created by Sydney’s biker war.

Police officers will be present at the funeral, but will keep their distance from mourners. The head of the police department informs civilians that everything is fine, and there is nothing to worry about.

I hope everything is under control, but I feel the police have there heads in the wrong places. How did they not think to protect the brother of the Hells Angel that was killed at the airport?

They should have used common knowledge that maybe they who ever killed this man is also out to get his family members. They could have prevented the whole accident in the first place.

Also if the police say they are getting matters under control, then why in a nice suburban neighborhood were two other Hells Angels killed? I feel the Australian police department made the statement “there is no reason to worry” just so they would not have chaos among civilians.

Why not just warn people to pay a little more attention to their surroundings until then know for sure a peace agreement is made.

Campus News Blog: Police Blog Lacks Updates

March 22, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Laura Vasquez

Since the new police website has been indroduced, there haven’t been many updates. That’s a good thing right? The SMU police department introduced a new blog with RSS feed, but the only odd thing is that there are barely any feeds coming in or any blogs being updated.

Well, if you look at it, the fact that there are no updates means the campus is doing well. I just cannot get it around my head that blogs are not getting updated. This was suppose to be an opportunity to stay connected and to stay informed about our campus police.

The last thing posted was the February robbery reported near the stadium. My question is: “Has the campus really been safe since then?”

There are still really important features on the website that do not updates at this moment, like safety tips and police resources. I just hope that students know how to use them before getting seriously hurt.

Campus News Blog: SMU PD Unveils New Web Site

February 21, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Laura Vasquez

If you didn’t know already, the SMU Police Department has introduced its new Web site. The new site features a blog with RSS feed subscription capabilities, biographies, and crime alerts.

Impressive?

The blog feature is the most impressive. The police department has become aware of RSS feeds and how popular they have become to retrieve information.

The SMU community should take advantage of this new RSS subscription. You will receive alerts immediately from the department itself.

The site is a lot more attractive than it once was. It is easier to navigate and it looks interesting. Safety tips are provided, as well as job postings, helpful links, and the annual security reports – all important information that the SMU community should look for.

Global News Blog: Italian Criminals Using Skype to Stay Under the Radar of Police

February 16, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Cynthia Kinard

Criminals in Italy are using Skype; a software that allows users to make telephone calls over the internet in an attempt to keep a low profile. Criminals are using the Internet instead of the phone so they won’t get caught through phone intercepts. Investigators have been tapping into phone conversations throughout the years and, in the past, that is how criminals have gotten caught.

The law is about to change, however. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has drafted a bill, one that would restrict police wiretaps to only the most serious crimes. The media have been protesting the new draft; the supreme council and the country’s top judges are also in a heated debate as well. The media have been known to retrieve the news based on leaks of wiretaps and if this law passes the media will not get the ‘juicy news’. Is Skype going to allow drug traffickers and other organized criminals a way of beating the system? How are police officers going to catch these criminals? While it is reassuring to know that police officers are catching drug traffickers and other criminals it is also a bit creepy to think that someone is always listening. Do we really have privacy rights anymore or is everything out on the table?

Police Blotter

September 15, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

On Sept. 1 at 12:59 a.m., a student reported another student kicked her in the face south of Peyton Hall.

Also on Sept. 1 at 10:22 p.m., a student reported he was robbed at knifepoint in his off-campus apartment located near Sandhurst Lane and Skillman Steet.

On Sept. 5 at 1:12 p.m., a student reported that her vehicle was missing from the 3300 block of McFarlin. When an officer found the vehicle in the nearby Dyer Court lot, the student told police that her roommate moved the vehicle without telling her.

On Sept. 14 between 3:29 a.m. and 5:19 a.m., six laptops, an iPod, an X Box 360 and a watch were reported stolen from the PIKE house.

From Aug. 25 to Sept. 18, SMU police tallied 48 underage drinking citations.

– Compiled by Caitlin Myers, cmyers@smu.edu

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