Dogs on patrol to keep neighbourhoods safe
THE things noticed when out walking a dog could be the things that keep the community safe from crime.
That is the message behind a new push by Sunshine Coast police for residents to remain vigilant when out in their neighbourhoods.
Marcus Beach resident Julie Jansen took her eight-year-old son Ethan and their beagle-cross-cavalier dog Wilson to the Dogs on Patrol community launch in Peregian Springs on Saturday.
The launch featured competitions for different categories of dogs as well as information about pet ownership.
"I guess it is teaching him (Ethan) about community and responsible dog ownership," Mrs Jansen said.
Their dog is usually walked twice a day.
She said Ethan was also excited to meet police.
"He gets a bit starry-eyed when it comes to police."
Sunshine Coast District Crime Prevention Unit officer Sergeant Yvette Tarrier was pleased with the response from the community for the launch.
"We are just asking them to take notice and report anything suspicious to police," Sgt Tarrier said.
"Everybody was really happy and positive about that message."
She said the Dogs on Patrol program started in north Brisbane and had been successful for the past two years.
There are plans to roll it out across the Sunshine Coast in conjunction with Neighbourhood Watch committees.