School holidays are upon us and this will see an increased number of travellers and road users on our regional roads. Easter is traditionally a busy time upon the nation's road network with many travelling long distances in relatively short time frames.
Mount Isa District Police will be working to deter, detect and enforce road safety breaches during the Easter period to order to improve road safety and reduce road trauma consequences. We will be providing a high emphasis on our rural high visibility policing conducting roadside breath testing (RBT) in addition to other strategies including the education of all our road users.
During this period empty schools provide an opportunity for criminal activity, becoming targets for unlawful entry, arson, stealing, graffiti and property damage - all of which become a cost to the community.
The School Watch Program is a partnership between Education Queensland, the Queensland Police Service and the State Government Protective Security Service. It aims to reduce criminal activity in Queensland schools and encourages everyone to look out for after-hours crime in our schools. If you see anything suspicious, please don't attempt to intervene. Phone the School Watch number - 13 17 88.
Holidays can also mean an empty house is a prime target for intruders because there is less chance of being disturbed and the offence can go undetected for days or even weeks. Protect yourself, your home and vehicle by considering the following checklist:
- Lock all doors and windows, including when you are at home, or gardening in your yard
- Lock your car at all times - including toolboxes, utility storage
- Secure valuables, especially car keys
- Store valuables out of sight
- Don't store large sums of cash at your property
- House number- check your house number is visible from the street
- Get to know your neighbours and keep an eye out for each other
- Store important phone numbers close by
If you need more information or assistance, visit the Queensland Police Service. website www.police.qld.gov.au. or visit us at Mount Isa Police Station.And remember, if you see any suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood, please phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Let's work together to help create safer school communities.