Neighbours, parents urged to be vigilant during school holidays

Schools are vulnerable to break-ins and vandalism when classrooms are empty.
Schools are vulnerable to break-ins and vandalism when classrooms are empty.

School holidays are almost upon us again, and police have urged parents and those living near schools to be vigilant.

Sergeant Paul Trimble from South Metro Community Engagement Unit has requested  the assistance of the community over the next few weeks.

“With the school holidays upon us again next weekend often see schools being targeted so we are asking residents who live near schools to be our eyes and ears by keeping lookout for anyone entering school grounds,” Sergeant Trimble said.

“If you see anything suspicious or hear noises such as banging or glass breaking anytime of the day from the direction of a school please give us a call so we can send a patrol vehicle to attend.”

And Sergeant Trimble had a message for the parents of school children who may be tempted to do the wrong thing during the holidays.

“We also see some young people getting themselves into trouble by keeping bad company during these times resulting in them coming to the attention of police,” he said.

“If you are a parent of a young person speak to them about the consequences of the choices they make and also the company they keep.

“Giving them boundaries with regards to where and what times they go out can also assist young people from getting into situations that may affect their future.

“Everyone has a role to play when it comes to protecting and keeping our community safe, with your help we can make the places we all live safer.”

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please call 131444.

Any information on persons committing these offences can be done by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.