On Patrol: Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is a shared responsibility and police work closely with members of the community to implement simple strategies and behaviours to deter and reduce crime.

Most property crime is opportunistic offending and can occur any time of the day or night. By regularly assessing our home security, introducing targeted security measures and changes to our everyday behaviours you can help keep your home safe.

Good home security can be achieved by:

  • Making it easy for an offender to be seen
  • Making it difficult for an offender to gain entry
  • Making it difficult for an offender to exit with your property
  • Making it difficult for an offender to gain benefit from your property.

This week’s episode of On Patrol takes a look at how members of the community can implement good home security practices, with Senior Sergeant Dallas Kowald from South Brisbane District Crime Prevention paying a visit to a residential property for a home security assessment.

Senior Sergeant Kowald explains how to prevent opportunistic thieves targeting your home by assessing the home’s external perimeter, external walls and access, and making sure valuables are not in easily accessible locations.

“We acknowledge that the offenders that commit these crimes are 100 per cent responsible for their actions however, working together with the community, we can build resilience and build protective factors that will keep the community safe,” said Senior Sergeant Kowald.

Acting Senior Sergeant Jose Sarmiento emphasised the importance of the mobile police beat as a high-visibility policing presence in the communtiy.

“We’ll put the mobile police beat in a very visual area and then we can use it as a base to visit the surrounding streets to meet the community and spread the word about home security and personal safety,” said Acting Senior Sergeant Sarmiento.

The Queensland Police Service is committed to responding, reducing and preventing crime across the state, with officers conducting proactive patrols, property crime operations, hosting crime prevention community events, responding to intelligence and incidents to enhance community safety, deter criminals and locate active property crime offenders.

For more information, visit home security.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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