Stuckey Warns Businesses: Act Now to Avoid Being A Target

5 May 2011 9:26 AMJann Stuckey

5 May 2011

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin is urging local businesses to take steps to avoid becoming easy targets for criminals following another attempted robbery yesterday.

“The recent spate of armed robberies on the Gold Coast is cause for serious concern for many Currumbin businesses, their staff and their customers,” Ms Stuckey said. 

“Early yesterday morning a local bakery in Tugun became the latest target to be hit by would-be robbers but thankfully the baker was able to ward them off and no-one was harmed.

“However there are real fears throughout our small business community, with reports of some shops deciding to shut early and staff requesting company when they close up for the day.

“I urge business owners to contact the Gold Coast District Crime Prevention Office on 5570 7939 for information about a range of activities and services aimed at assisting businesses that might be considered at risk.

“One of these services is Volunteers in Policing, people from the local community who are trained to assess security assets such as CCTV and offer advice to businesses on crime prevention tactics. 

“Police officers can also give armed hold-up presentations on request, free of charge. 

“Soft targets, such as convenience stores or those open late are encouraged to take advantage of the free security audit for businesses.

“Local police have assured me they will continue tasking high risk areas, although timing of recent robberies has not revealed any patterns about when the attacks are likely to occur.

“Now more than ever there is a real need for business owners to take a proactive and cautious approach to ensure their security.

“If anyone has information that could assist with catching the perpetrators of these crimes, please phone Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000

“Our police are doing the best they can with limited resources but clearly it is not enough.  The Bligh Labor Government have neglected the Gold Coast for too long.

“Campbell Newman and the LNP have pledged the establishment of a permanent crime squad to help rid our streets and suburbs of these brazen thieves.