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Beerwah ‘Law and Order’
walk has positive outcomes

Beerwah may get extra lighting and more police foot patrols as a result of last Friday’s “Law and Order Walk”.  Cr Anna Grosskreutz and police officers walked the main shopping area of Beerwah looking for feedback on ways to curb crime and vandalism.

The walk was in response to numerous calls and meetings the councillor has had with both businesses operators and residents.

“The police heard it all and as the councillor I certainly took on board suggestions for extra lighting in the main street and to consider lighting the skate park at night,’’ Cr Grosskreutz said.  “The walk was positive with the discovery that although many businesses had been vandalised, very few were reporting these incidences to the police.

“As the police said, they can’t solve crime if it is not reported. If a call to the station is diverted to Maroochydore then it is relayed by two-way radio to our police wherever they are patrolling.”

After four and a half hours of meeting with business people it was clear that most wanted greater police presence in the town, “Specifically to see an increase in police visibility.  Police walking in the street and not just driving through town,’’ said Cr Grosskreutz.

Sgt Glenn Morgan and Cr Anna Grosskreutz meet with businessman Peter Moller.

“Sgt Glenn Morgan took this on board and in the future as rosters permit we should see the police take to the beat again,” Cr Grosskreutz said.  “What did come out of the morning was our police thought that vandalism was no worse here than anywhere else.   My response to that was – do we have to accept everywhere else as a benchmark for our community?

“I believe we should not be lowering our expectations and accepting crime as a way of life,” Cr Grosskreutz stated.  “Smaller communities have a much better opportunity to tackle problems such as mindless vandalism because people generally know who is responsible.

“Unfortunately, due to the large numbers of complaints not just in our area but across the city, the council has had to make a local law giving council rangers and soon the police the ability to confiscate and fine young offenders for clowning around in areas signed a no-go-zone.

“Skateboarding in all shopping areas continues to be a problem for all,” Cr Grosskreutz continued.  “With a $100,000 skatepark close to town parents should encourage their children to enjoy their sport there.’’

Cr Grosskreutz expressed her thanks to Kennett Bannister a student of Beerwah State High School for delivering the flyers to the businesses alerting them to the walk.  “This young person spent several hours trudging the streets for me and I congratulate him for his community mindedness.   Well Done!” she said.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.