POLICE are targeting road safety with more patrols, breath tests and speed cameras.
POLICE are targeting road safety with more patrols, breath tests and speed cameras. Liana Turner

Who stole Christmas? Local retailers cop the worst of crime

A SPIKE in theft may be the Grinch that stole Christmas.

Acting Officer in Charge Lisa Self says police have reported a rise in shop stealing offences and serious crashes since the beginning of the school holidays.

Petrol, food and luxury items have been the targets of theft, but Acting Senior Sergeant Self said there was no particular demographic of offenders.

"The numbers still aren't big, but it's big for the business owners who are losing stock around this time of year,” Act Sen-Sgt Self said.

Police are also cracking down on anti-social behaviour and public nuisance offences by introducing banning notices on licenced premises.

A standard ban is for 10 days, but Act Sen-Sgt Self said the option to extend the ban to three months and to all other licenced premises in Warwick will be utilised in many cases.

The strategy has proven successful in Safe Night Precincts like Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

The police is also in Phase 1 of its Christmas Road Safety campaign with increased traffic patrols, random breath tests, speed cameras and a zero-tollerance approach.

There were more that 40 road deaths in Queensland during last year's campaign, and Act Sen-Sgt Self said there has already been an increase in serious crashes.

Drivers should allow plenty of time to get to their destination, drink responsibly and always have a Plan B for getting home.

"Slow down, take care and be in one piece for Christmas,” Act Sen-Sgt Self said.



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