School holiday operation kicks off in Cheltenham

Police will be cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour in and around local shopping precincts in the Cheltenham area over the school holiday period.

As part of Operation Australis, general duties and Highway Patrol officers from the Kingston Police Service Area will target thefts, motor vehicle and bike offences and public order offences.

Local Area Commander Inspector Matthew Mulcahy said the operation would provide a highly visible police presence to enable people to have a safe and enjoyable time during the busy school holiday period.

“During the school holidays, evidence shows that offences increase, including theft of and theft from motor vehicle and shoplifting,” said Insp Mulcahy.

“Our Proactive Policing Unit will be working closely with local business owners to address any security issues and implement crime prevention measures.

“We also know there will be an increase in traffic on our roads so local Highway Patrol officers will be stepping up patrols.

“Pedestrians are among one of our most vulnerable road users and we’ll be out in force to ensure that everyone can enjoy the holidays safely.

“People can go about their day to day business knowing police are proactively aiming to reduce crime, public order issues and anti-social behaviour in our community.”

Operation Australis will run from Monday 1 July to Sunday 14 July.

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