Queensland Police remain committed to keeping the Toowoomba community safe utilising a diverse range of high visibility assets regularly conducting proactive patrols to prevent and disrupt crime.
The Darling Downs District will always ensure a strong police presence and values the important assistance the Toowoomba community provides by reporting crime to bring offenders to justice.
Officers undertake proactive and intelligence-driven patrols throughout Toowoomba and the surrounding areas.
Additionally, resources such as Police Liaison Officers and officers from the Tactical Crime Unit have recently been deployed to assist in ongoing strategies to address property crime issues.
Superintendent David Briese said information received from members of the public is instrumental in identifying and disrupting criminal offences.
“We know the community wants to help reduce crime in this city and the best way they can assist is by contacting the police,” he said.
“If you see something, let us know so we can attend and resolve the situation”.
“I also encourage residents to take preventative measures, such as locking your house, ensuring valuables are locked away and not leaving valuables in cars make it more difficult for someone to commit a crime.”
“In March this year statistics showed 67% involving the theft of all motor vehicles in Toowoomba where offenders have taken advantage of unlocked vehicles, vehicles with the keys left in them, and unlocked properties where offenders are taking the keys from.
“This should serve to remind everyone how important it is to ensure you take security measures with your property.”
Superintendent Briese said to ensure community safety, members of the public should not try to take matters into their own hands.
“The risks include harm to themselves or innocent parties, compromising investigations or the potential for other legal recourse,” Superintendent Briese said.
“Whilst we appreciate that people want to do the right thing, the actions of vigilantes may not only put their own lives at risk, but those of innocent community members
“In the first instance, people are encouraged to report offences to police.”
Youth offending is a multifaceted issue with significant complexities, such as social dysfunction, substance abuse, domestic violence, family dynamics and access to social services, to name a few.
This is a broader community issue, everyone is part of the solution – but prevention, early intervention and collaboration is central to successfully tackling youth crime.
The rehabilitation of young offenders is crucial in breaking the cycle of crime and delivering long-term change.
Members of the community are urged to report any suspicious behaviour via Policelink online or by phoning 131444, which includes access to the world-leading Axon Citizen System, allowing the public to easily and securely provide digital evidence, with more than 20,000 Queenslanders doing so this year to date.