Community beach car park engagement sessions will be held in various locations over the next four weeks to spread the message. Sessions will be held from 2pm to 4pm on:
- Thursday 17 November 2016 – Safety Bay to Warnbro beach car parks
- Wednesday 30 November 2016 – Warnbro (The Bay) to Port Kennedy beach car parks
- Thursday 8 December 2016 – Port Kennedy and south to Singleton beach car parks.
Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged beachgoers to visit the staff at the City’s Community Safety Van and receive a free dash cloth printed with the message “all valuables have been removed from this vehicle”.
“It is important to remember to take your valuables with you or try not to bring them at all, as most opportunistic thefts occur when it is easy to gain access to an item of value,” Mayor Barry Sammels said. “The dash cloth serves not only as a reminder to you to remove your valuables but also deters potential thieves.”
Mayor Sammels said the City’s SmartWatch vehicles would be increasing patrols to the beach car park areas over the warmer months, with the capacity to stream video directly to local police. The City also has an extensive CCTV network, including a mobile CCTV camera that will be used to monitor coastal car parks.
Rockingham Police Office-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne said local police would also be increasing their patrol activity and presence in the coastal car park areas, in line with its Summer Time Crime Strategy.
“We are working hard with the City of Rockingham and are in direct communications with SmartWatch in what is an all-agency government approach to reducing theft,” Snr Sgt Reyne said.
SmartWatch can be contacted on 1300 657 123, and operates between the hours of 12pm-4am seven days per week. Suspicious behaviour should be reported in a timely manner to police on 131 444.
“Remember, community safety starts with you,” Mayor Sammels said.
Caption: City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne show off the dash cloth motorists can receive to help reduce car park theft.
Tips to consider:
- Should you have to take valuables, lock them in the boot of your vehicle before you arrive at your destination.
- When spending time at the beach, consider purchasing a waterproof pouch to carry your phone, wallet and car keys with you.
- Use the dash cloth to wipe off any suction cap marks from your windscreen.These marks are a good indication that you may have a valuables (such as a GPS or phone) in your car.
- Remember to remove all your valuables from your vehicle, not only when you are out in public, but at home also.