Bikie demographic changing: police

AN IMAGE commonly associated with a bikie is a leather-clad, bearded man with fading tattoos and an intense love for Harley Davidson motorcycle.

But that demographic has changed dramatically, police say.

Now Queensland outlaw motorcycle gangs are being infiltrated by well-groomed men with crime on their mind and not a motorcycle in sight.

Following the recent spate of bikie-prompted violence across south east Queensland, police have painted a threatening picture of those involved.

"There is attempts (by bikie gangs) to legitimize themselves in the eyes of the public," Assistant Commissioner Graham Rynders said.

"The traditional long beard, long hair is going and we are seeing a younger group that are well groomed, well presented that try to portray themselves as professional people that infiltrate those gangs."

State Crime Operations Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon said records show more than 1000 outlaw motorcycle gang members or associates had been charged with more than 2800 offences, including drug, attempted murder, extortion and firearm offences.

"There are individuals out there who believe this way of life is the right thing for them and clearly they are out of sync with the rest of the community," he said.

Out of the 14 outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in Queensland, police believe three or four are a "high-risk" to the community.

"(The high risk groups) are all engaged in some level of criminal activity sanctioned by the club," Assistant Commissioner Condon said.

Topics:  bikies crime police

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Logan Village theft

Do you recognise this person?

Stealing, Eagleby

Police would like to talk to the person pictured.

Centre's app brings Halloween to life

SPOOKY: Download the Logan Central Plaza app to get involved.

Logan Central Plaza's exciting Halloween plans.

Local Partners

Lane family's proud to invest in Logan

The Lane family own four stores in Logan and are proud to be taking part in the Logan Reporter's City Pride campaign.

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Tim Finn headlining at Airlie Beach Music Festival

Music veteran Tim Finn from New Zealand will headline the Airlie Beach Music Festival.

Tim Finn: "It's the kind of festival that artists love"

REVIEW: Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead disgusted me

I'm disgusted by The Walking Dead premiere.

SPOILERS: The Walking Dead premiere disgusted me.

Flick teases intense and entertaining Survivor grand final

Felicity 'Flick' Eggington in a scene from the TV series Australian Survivor.

GOLD Coaster's elimination leaves Lee, El and Kristie in final three

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals