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Keep watch to protect schools these holidays

09 Dec 2016

School may be out for the summer, but residents are being urged to keep an eye on local schools during the holidays.

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said our community plays an important role in protecting schools from vandals.

“Our School Watch programme encourages all members of the community to help protect schools from would-be thieves, vandals and arsonists,” he said.

“Our schools belong to all Queenslanders and we all need to play a part in helping protect these valuable facilities.

“I am asking local residents to report any suspicious activities on school grounds 24/7 by phoning 13 17 88 or contacting the police.

“It might be the sound of smashing glass, voices on the school grounds or other suspicious activity around our schools.

“It’s important that we report incidents but people should not respond or interfere and put themselves at risk of harm or injury.

“That’s why School Watch encourages our community to Look, Listen, Report.”

Member for Nudgee, Leanne Linard, said that State Government Security had received more than 700 school watch calls the last 12 months.

“Our school safety measures include electronic security systems, alarms, 24-hour security patrols by State Government Security Service and monitoring by police.”

“But it’s also important for our community to work together to help keep schools safe and protect them from damage,” Ms Linard said.

State schools will be closed from Friday 9 December to Monday 23 January.