ACT Policing is seeking the support of the Canberra community in keeping our schools and colleges safe and secure over the current term break.
During these holiday periods, school premises are targeted for property offences such as burglary, graffiti and vandalism.
Over the weekend, police took three young people into custody after an incident at the Macgregor Primary School where a window had been broken and a side entry door forced open early on Saturday morning. Inside the school, rubbish bins and a bookshelf had been tipped over.
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Police later identified three male suspects, aged 13, 15 and 16 respectively. These youths will be summonsed on burglary and property damage charges.
Police have increased their patrols of schools during this holiday break, and are asking for residents to remain vigilant and alert around their local area.
Superintendent Kate Buggy from ACT Policing’s Crime Prevention team said members of the public play a key role in providing extra “eyes and ears” around their local schools.
“While police will be doing all we can to protect school properties over the holiday, we need the assistance of the community to help prevent property damage and identify offenders,” Superintendent Buggy said.
“Police are urging anyone who lives near a school or uses school grounds for sport or recreational purposes to be alert for any suspicious activity. If you see anyone committing an offence around a school, contact Police Operations on 131 444.
“Alternatively, you can help police catch offenders by reporting any incidents to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. This information can be provided anonymously,” she said.
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