School safety in the holidays

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ACT Police are asking the community to watch out for suspicious behaviour or activity in and around Canberra schools.

The call-out coincides with Operation School Safe, which starts Saturday, that will see an increase of police patrols around schools and school grounds during the holiday period.

Sergeant Bob Muir from the Crime Prevention team said historically the holiday period attracts higher incidents of property damage, such as broken windows, graffiti and break-ins at schools across Canberra.

“Police and security patrols can only do so much in protecting our schools; we need the eyes and ears of the community to assist us,” Sergeant Muir said.

Sergeant Muir said if someone believes crime such as property damage or burglary is in progress at a school then they should phone 131 444 immediately.

He said to report suspicous people or activity, or identify an offender, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Reports to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously.

The school holidays end on July 24.

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