Watch your belongings

WITH thousand of visitors currently flocking to the Tweed for the Repco Rally Australia, police are urging people to be wary of thieves who may also target the high-profile event.

Tweed/Byron crime prevention officer Andrew Eppelstun urged business owners and spectators visiting the World Rally Championships this weekend to secure their belongings.

“A few take away food shops in the Kingscliff area have been broken into recently. With the increase in trade expected to occur over the period, police are urging business owners not to leave money on the premises and to bank regularly,” Senior Constable Eppelstun said.

He said just like any other holiday period, people shouldn't “leave the door open” for opportunistic theft.

“This is no different to the summer or school holidays.

“We would urge people to ensure their motel rooms are left locked, and that they do not leave valuables such as cameras, computers or handbags and wallets in vehicles in plain view of passers-by.”

More than 150 police officers are currently in the region for the event, working to stop crime and antisocial behaviour occurring among the huge event crowds.

“There will be more police in the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command than ever before for this weekend and police want public assistance to ensure the smooth running of the event,” Snr Const Eppelstun said.

“We are urging the public and visitors to report all crime and suspicious activity.”

Local residents travelling to work or to meet specific appointments also need to be fully aware of the road closures in the area, he said.

An information line has been set up (02) 6677 6025 for public assistance regarding the rally, or alternatively you can head to the Tweed Shire Council website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au and follow the links for information on local road closures.

“We would like everybody's trip to the Tweed Valley to be memorable and incident-free,” Snr Const Eppelstun said.

For further details or to report suspicious activity, call your local police station, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.



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