Lost and found

Senior Constable Mick Emery

Given the popularity of the recent ‘Bachelor’ TV series, some of you may be interested to know that Nick ‘the honey badger’ Cummins is a frequent visitor to Rainbow Beach.

As it happens, the former Wallaby, known for his colourful turn of phrase, popped into the police station on a recent visit to report that he had lost a Go-Pro camera somewhere in his travels. He’d spent a lot of time looking everywhere around town for it, but to no avail, you could say he’d been busier than a one-armed bricklayer in Baghdad!

I tell this story to highlight the importance of actually reporting if something of value is lost. It’s not hard to make a lost property report and it makes the return of found property so much easier in the event that it is handed in.

As I write this article I have a collection of phones, jewellery and keys that I can’t find owners for (because they haven’t taken the time to report them lost). Some of the items are quite valuable, the owners must be as mad as a tree full of galahs.

So the message is clear: if you lose something of value don’t go off like a cut snake and don’t sit around sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage, pick up the phone and dial 131 444 to make a lost property report.

On the flip side, if you find property that is of value, the correct thing to do is to hand it in to police (and, if the item cannot be reunited with an owner, you can claim it lawfully). You only have to wait out the 60 day period so it’s not like you need the patience of the Dalai Lama.

Finally, my boss would like me to mention our upcoming focus on road safety and I can’t ignore him because he’s as tough as woodpecker’s lips!

In particular, there’s every chance you will get stopped for an RBT in the near future as we will be increasing the number of tests done. If you drink and then drive, you will be caught and taken to a police station to await the results of a breath test, you can expect to be as nervous as a bag of cats at a greyhound meet…

Stay safe!