Late-night workers at the mercy of criminals

ROCKHAMPTON police have stepped up patrols, increased stop-offs and made community officers available to speak to concerned late-night workers in the wake of a spate of serious crimes.

Inspector Dave Scott said police had "adopted a multi-faceted approach'' to curb the recent surge.

Inspector Scott also appealed to the community to play its part and report crimes.

His comments come as investigations into two recent armed robberies and two suspected arson attacks continue.

Among the more serious crimes reported in The Morning Bulletin in the last 10 weeks are: n Four armed robberies; n Seven serious assaults, including stabbings; n Four suspected arson attacks; and n A stolen crocodile.

Several of these offences, particularly the armed robberies, occurred late at night.

"We operate an intelligencebased rostering system,'' Inspector Scott said.

"We have got specific targets for our patrols, based on what the intelligence is showing us.

"We have increased our number of patrols and stop-offs, where we are encouraging our people to stop in at premises.''

He said police community liaison officers were also being made available to talk to concerned workers.

"It (the recent attacks) is not what we would normally have,'' Inspector Scott said.

"I suppose there has been an increase. It can go for a period (of relative quietness) and then things start happening together.''

He said the community had a role to play.

"We ask people to be vigilant and on guard,'' Inspector Scott said.

"If you see something ring 000 straight away. Time is of the essence with these sort of things .?.?. (and) we have more likelihood of locating (offenders).''

He said the district had one of the State's best clear-up rates.

Anyone with information about a crime should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Rockhampton police on 4932 1500.

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