Queensland Police say Sunshine Coast officers will be taking co-ordinated action to enhance safety during the busy Christmas shopping period, with a high-visibility operation focusing on shopping centres.
“As locals flock to shopping centres ahead of Christmas, police are enhancing high-visibility patrols to disrupt and deter offending and support a safe experience for the public and staff,” Queensland Police said in a statement today.
“The action includes extra and extended shifts by both local officers and Police Liaison Officers (PLOs) at shopping centres and other crime hotspot locations like public parks, skate parks and public transport hubs.”
Additionally, Child Protection and Investigation Unit investigators have established an operation to target youth offending and anti-social behaviour at a Maroochydore shopping centre.
The Operation will include targeted patrols in consultation with shopping centre management and security, shop owners and staff to ensure safety is best supported during the expected increase in attendance.
Regional Operations and Youth Crime Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy said it is one of many proactive initiatives police have planned to keep the community safe in the lead up to the holidays.
“We know around the holidays that families, tourists and young people on school break all head to shopping centres and it is a priority for QPS to help ensure everyone can enjoy the experience safely,” Deputy Commissioner Chelepy said.
“We want the public to know police will be out and about in a high visibility capacity doing all they can to disrupt the minority who seek to commit crime.”
Sunshine Coast District Detective Inspector Christopher Toohey said patrols will extend beyond inside shopping centres, with a focus also on deterring would-be car thieves.
“The car parks are also a priority for our high visibility patrols, and we ask shoppers to work with us to keep your property safe while you shop,” Detective Inspector Toohey said.
“We ask you to please lock your car and take your car keys with you, and ensure any valuables or shopping bags you leave in your vehicle are out of sight.
“Police will then conduct regular patrols in a high-visibility manner aiming to deter and disrupt offences, and take immediate action if required.”