Don’t be alarmed, but do be alert

To quote John Lennon: ‘nobody told me there’d be days like these’. The song easily comes to mind when contemplating our current predicament. The unfortunate thing is – while the challenge of COVID-19 is bringing out the best in some people, it is also bringing out the worst in others…

Many of you would be aware of the spike in crime last month. Three premises were broken into – with thieves stealing two cars, two jet skis, one boat and one motorbike.

Arrests have been made – and most of the property recovered – but I am conveying this information to warn of the possibility of an increase in crime in the near future.

Obviously, having to put up with criminal activity is the last thing any of us need at a time like this. But the reality is – as last month showed us – criminals are only going to get more desperate. These criminals don’t take health advice in regards to meth – and are even less likely to ‘stay at home’ to help the rest of us with a pandemic.

Now is the time to take a few extra security precautions: lock your cars and homes and secure the keys. Don’t be alarmed – but do be alert.

If you see any suspicious activities or vehicles please record rego numbers or even take photos if safe to do so.

Anything urgent can be communicated via 000 (even if we are not on shift we are always on call).

Non urgent info can reach us on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Finally, in relation to COVID-19, the situation is changing daily – anything I write today is likely to be superseded tomorrow. So, for the most up-to-date and accurate information, please head to the Queensland Health website – the ‘Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction’ section is a good place to start and should answer most questions.

‘Strange days indeed…’