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Don’t make it easier for thieves at Floriade

By johnboy - 21 September 2012 8

ACT Policing has issued a reminder to those attending Floriade to properly secure unattended cars and hide valuables.

The advice was issued as the city gears up for an influx of thousands of interstate visitors over the next four weeks, with the ACT’s now-famous spring flower festival as one of the key attractions.

As many of the visitors are likely to be leaving their vehicles unattended for several hours in car parks around the city – and particularly around Commonwealth Park – Sergeant Smith from Crime Preventions has warned of the need to take a few simple security precautions.

“Before leaving your parked car, it’s important to take that extra minute to check that all valuables are hidden from view, the doors and boot are locked and secure, the windows are up and sunroof closed,” Sergeant Smith said.

“Leaving items such as wallets, sunglasses, money or CDs in plain view only serves as a temptation for petty thieves.”

ACT Policing will step up random patrolling of car parks during Floriade using both marked and unmarked cars. Sergeant Smith said the members of the public also can assist in watching out for and reporting suspicious behaviour.

“If anyone is seen loitering around the car parks, peering into car windows or acting in a suspicious manner around parked vehicles, we would urge them to call police on 131 444,” Sergeant Smith added.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Don’t make it easier for thieves at Floriade
Pork Hunt 5:34 pm 21 Sep 12

p1 said :

johnboy said :

If it’s such a thief magnet one wonders if some honeytraps might be a fun idea.

If my shitty old car had rego on it I would be pretty tempted to run one myself. No need to confront, just a good long lens. Surely the police will immediately recognise the usual suspects in the photos?

But it’s got salty water in the fuel tank…

Truthiness 12:07 pm 21 Sep 12

Everyone is so quick to blame the meth heads, but they dont even like gardening. its probably just grannies looking to get away with something else since they can no longer steal the flower bulbs.

shirty_bear 11:54 am 21 Sep 12

mossrocket said :

I always wonder why there is no police presence in the ACT (unless they are holding a speed camera or a alcohol sensor)…

A couple of beat cops would solve the issue of opportunistic thieves…

Maybe if they rode on Segways – because as far as i’ve seen, there’s not many that could keep up with a sprinting meth addict…

This. It’s why many of us are relentlessly cynical about the Govt’s motivation to do anything; if there’s a buck in it, they’re all over it; if it just works, but costs a little, then fuhgeddaboudit.

p1 10:53 am 21 Sep 12

johnboy said :

If it’s such a thief magnet one wonders if some honeytraps might be a fun idea.

If my shitty old car had rego on it I would be pretty tempted to run one myself. No need to confront, just a good long lens. Surely the police will immediately recognise the usual suspects in the photos?

mossrocket 10:44 am 21 Sep 12

I always wonder why there is no police presence in the ACT (unless they are holding a speed camera or a alcohol sensor)…

A couple of beat cops would solve the issue of opportunistic thieves…

Maybe if they rode on Segways – because as far as i’ve seen, there’s not many that could keep up with a sprinting meth addict…

bundah 10:39 am 21 Sep 12

The Honeytraps at Floriade? excellent idea!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoWuQ6o-jnA

c_c 10:26 am 21 Sep 12

Drones… they’re the answer.

johnboy 10:24 am 21 Sep 12

If it’s such a thief magnet one wonders if some honeytraps might be a fun idea.

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