Peter Dickens is a long serving police officer stationed at Caloundra. He attended the April BeCA Public Meeting and spoke about policing issues and the Bellvista Estate. The biggest concern for police in this area has been trail bike riders. Peter asked residents to contact the Caloundra Police Station either by phone (07) 5439 4444 or to drop him a letter with any registration details etc for follow up. Peter went on to say that the police would follow up where it was appropriate (and their resources weren’t too stretched). The more local residents reported incidents or trends then the police would respond.
A question was asked about what to do in regard to motorists speeding along Lomond Cres near the school and Peter reiterated that the best method of attack was to drop him a line at the Caloundra Police Station with as many details as possible.
Di Kirkalnd a Crime Prevention Officer then spoke about her role in preventing crime across the Sunshine Coast. Usually they worked on ‘hot spots’, areas where there had been a sudden upsurge in robberies etc. They would distribute literature and speak with local residents about preventing crime. She said that most crime was ‘opportunist’, that is would be robbers would knock on doors to ascertain if anyone was at home. If the coast was clear then a break in may occur. Residents can do several things to lessen their chances of being robbed. Doors should be dead locked, windows should not be left wide open but locked as well. It is easy to purchase locks for sliding doors and windows nowadays and these should be used where ever possible.
She said that alarms were a second row form of defence. They were useful after the house had been broken into. She would rather home owners had deterred would be thieves with locked doors and windows, then an alarm would not be necessary! She warned too about overly fortified homes. These signalled would be thieves that there was something valuable inside and secondly, over protected homes could be a possible death trap in case of fire.
Di finished by speaking about the need to be wary of identity theft. Bills for payment had heaps of information on them for would be identity thieves. Bills and important personal papers (passports) should be stored in a secretive spot in the home, mailboxes should be locked and old bills should be shredded rather than just placed in the recycling bin. She also warned that credit card holders should never lose sight of their credit card. For example, at a restaurant, a credit card should not be placed in a wallet with the bill for payment. You are better off to take the card yourself to the cash register and keep an eye on it at all times.
There is more news about the Public Meeting in the post below.