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Police to patrol shops

A targeted operation will focus on keeping shoppers and property safe, deter would-be offenders and disrupt anti-social behaviour.

Police will be more visible at Sunshine Coast shopping centres during the festive season  in an effort to disrupt and deter offending.

Officers will undertake extra and extended shifts at shopping centres and other crime hotspots like public parks, skate parks and public transport hubs.

Child Protection and Investigation Unit investigators will also target youth offending and anti-social behaviour.

The operation will include targeted patrols in consultation with shopping centre management and security, shop owners and staff.

Regional operations and youth crime deputy commissioner Shane Chelepy says it is one of many proactive initiatives police have planned to keep the community safe.

“We know around the holidays that families, tourists and young people on school break all head to shopping centres and it is a priority for QPS to help ensure everyone can enjoy the experience safely,” he says. “We want the public to know police will be out and about in a high-visibility capacity doing all they can to disrupt the minority who seek to commit crime.”

Sunshine Coast District’s Detective Inspector Christopher Toohey says patrols will also focus on deterring would-be car thieves.

“The car parks are also a priority for our high-visibility patrols, and we ask shoppers to work with us to keep your property safe while you shop,” he says.

“We ask you to please lock your car and take your car keys with you, and ensure any valuables or shopping bags you leave in your vehicle are out of sight.”

A state-wide blitz targeting drink drivers kicked off last weekend across highways and road networks.

Police will conduct Operation Victor Mistletoe until January 25, targeting motorists speeding, drink and drug driving, driving distracted or not wearing a seatbelt.

“We urge all road users heading out to celebrations or travelling on road trips to plan ahead and don’t take risks,” Police Minister Mark Ryan says. “The message is simple: if you are planning on drinking – do not plan to drive.”

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