Police focus on safety on Australia Day

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Australind residents can be assured police are doing all they can to make sure their properties will be looked after when they are out on Australia Day, with police regularly patrolling the area.

Officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Mark Smith said the entire brigade would be working on Thursday and encouraged people to enjoy the festivities safely.

“Every officer is working on Australia Day,” he said.

“So while people are enjoying the festivities, they can be assured that regular patrols are being conducted in the area.

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“It is recognised by police that the times of school and public holidays is when people are away from homes and therefore are exposed to greater risk of theft.”

Sen. Sgt Smith said he wanted people to have a good time on Australia Day, but to also be responsible when consuming alcohol.

“Enjoy the day, but drink responsibly and make the right choices if you are planning to drive,” he said.

“Also if people are out on the water and you are skippering the boat, remember it is no different to driving a car.”

There are no double demerit points for this year’s Australia Day public holiday because it falls on a Thursday.

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