24 Sep 2008 12:10 PMJann Stuckey

September 24 2008

LNP Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey and Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services, Vaughan Johnson today launched a “Hoon Watch” initiative
for the Currumbin electorate.

‘Hoon Watch” is in response to a community survey instigated by Ms Stuckey in the past few months in which more than two-thirds of the 3,000 plus respondents cited law and order issues as their main concerns. 

“Residents made it very clear to me that they wanted more police on the beat, a crackdown on hooning and other disruptive behaviours, and tougher sentences for criminals, ‘ said Ms Stuckey. 

“This form will make it easier for residents to formalise their complaints about car street-racing, trail bikes and burn-out offences and give police an accurate picture of what took place.

“Completed forms can be forwarded to my electorate office or either the Palm Beach or Coolangatta Police Stations for further investigation.

Mr Johnson said “I commend Jann Stuckey for her proactive attitude towards dealing with these dangerous practices.  The Bligh Government continue to under-resource our police and they need all the help they can get.

“I encourage residents to use the “Hoon Watch” form so we can assist our police to track down offenders. However, it is still vital that residents report to Crimestoppers or to police directly for suspicious behaviour and other policing issues.

People reporting incidents are encouraged to document a number of details such as the date, time and location of the incident, the offending vehicle’s registration, make and colour of vehicle and a description of what they saw.  This could include the length of time for a burnout, length of skid and marks, control of the vehicle and amount of smoke.

“Tweed MP Geoff Provest has implemented a similar initiative and it has proved to be successful, so I decided to trial it in Currumbin,” said Ms Stuckey

“Together with the local community I have fought tooth and nail on law and order issues, including a request for a 24-hour police station for Palm Beach.  The “Hoon Watch” project is another step towards making our community safer.

Forms are available from Jann Stuckey’s website or from the electorate office.