Store owners back move
PAUL Arnold has just the medicine for customers who come into his Chemist Warehouse store wearing hoodies.
The store owner asks shoppers to remove them as a cautionary procedure.
Mr Arnold was one of many business owners along East St who The Morning Bulletin spoke to yesterday.
Many said they were backing a Rockhampton police push to ban hoodies in a bid to combat crime.
And most said that a person wearing a hoodie, enough to obscure their identity from clear sight, would be treated as suspicious and asked to remove it from their head.
Businesses are being asked to display a sign promoting a policy of not serving those who won't remove their hoodie or a helmet when they enter the venue.
One East St store manager, who wished to remain anonymous, said his customers were generally not hoodie-wearers but he would ask anyone who entered his shop to remove it for the safety of staff.
"Anyone who wears a hoodie in my opinion should be kept an eye on ... wouldn't you do the same," he said.
Mr Arnold said he had been targeted by criminals and on a number of occasions had been burgled in broad daylight.
"The size of the store and the products we sell does not make catching thieves easier but we do."
Police have contacted businesses about their new push, which also incorporates the launch of an email alert system.