On Wednesday, March 16, Gympie crime prevention officer Senior Constable Darren Hewitt along with Officer in Charge of Tin Can Bay Police Station, Sergeant Michael Bazzo, Senior Constable Michael Brantz from Rainbow Beach Police Beat and three Volunteers in Policing (ViPs) from Gympie attended Cooloola Cove Takeaway and Café for a Coffee with a Cop event.
Senior Constable Hewitt said Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity to meet your local police, ask any burning questions you might have and discuss local issues and crime prevention tips. There are no speeches or agendas, this is just your chance to speak with police officers from your area and voice your concerns whilst getting to know us over a coffee.
“Coffee with a Cop at Cooloola Cove was a great success yesterday,” he said.
“Local police spoke to, listened and discussed local issues that residents raised about their coastal community township and provided important information and advice.”
Special thanks to Janine from Cooloola Cove Takeaway and Café for supporting this initiative and providing her café and outdoor area for us to speak to the community.
Shoppers and residents were provided with crime prevention fliers, particularly addressing house break and enters. We also discussed how most car thefts including having a vehicle unlawfully entered is an opportunistic crime.
To help stop, reduce, and prevent these offences occurring, police encourage you to adopt good home security, vehicle, and key security habits.
- Lock up every time even if you are home, keep unattended doors and windows key locked or shut.
- Lock your vehicle even in your driveway and keep your keys out of sight.
- Engrave your property. This makes your property difficult to sell and makes it easier for police to return your property if found. Keep a list of serial numbers and photograph valuables that can’t be engraved.
- Report anything suspicious. Keep a look out for suspicious behaviour and if in doubt, contact Policelink on 131 444. Report all crimes as soon as possible, no matter how small they seem.
Police are also asking the community to follow the myPolice Gympie Facebook page and subscribe to myPolice Gympie at www.mypolice.qld.gov.au/Gympie where you can keep up to date on community news and crime alerts.
Police are reminding residents of Tin Can Bay or Cooloola Cove that the Tin Can Bay Police Station phone number is 5486 2426 and Rainbow Beach Police Beat is 5480 1744, for non-urgent contact ring Policelink on 131 444, but in an emergency ring Triple Zero (000).