Holiday Watch Reminder for Peregian and Coolum Residents and Visitors

The holiday season is here, and as we all begin to unwind, it’s not the time to let your guard down. Holidaymakers to Peregian and Coolum are always welcome, but remember, criminals don’t take holidays.

“While you’re enjoying your time here, please, please remember to secure your premises, valuables, and vehicles. Opportunistic thieves can strike when security measures are relaxed, so taking precautions becomes paramount.

There are many air bnb’s in the area, so please leave a message for your guests to relax, but not too much!

Here are some essential reminders for residents and guests that Coolum Police have outlined in past years:

  1. Lock Up: Whether you’re at the beach or out and about, secure your belongings and properties.
  2. Swim Safely: Only choose patrolled beach locations for swimming.
  3. Vehicle Safety: Avoid leaving valuables visible in your car.
  4. Home Security: If you’re away, leave security lights on, and inform neighbors to watch for suspicious activity.
  5. Travel Responsibly: Follow the Fatal Five guidelines – avoid distractions, don’t drive under the influence, wear seat belts, obey speed limits, and combat fatigue.

For those heading out of town during the holidays:

  • Securing Your Home: Arrange for lawn maintenance, have neighbours collect mail, and cancel deliveries.
  • Garage Security: Lock up vehicles, bicycles, and other items in a secure garage.
  • Lighting: Use timers for lights to create the appearance of an occupied home.
  • Tech Security: Disconnect electronic garage door controls and be cautious with phone messages that reveal your absence, and don’t post you are going away on Social Media!!
  • Property Marking: Use the Property Identification System to mark removable articles for easy identification.

Stay safe, be responsible, and have a wonderful holiday! Remember, even during the holidays, safety should always be a top priority.

If you would like more information on safeguarding your home and property, click here.

CONTACTS:

Police Assistance: 131 444

Ridges Security (night patrol): 0400 196 695

Emergency: 000

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

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 or call 131 444.

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