Merry Christmas from Southbank Police


As we come up to Christmas let me wish you all a happy and particularly a safe Christmas and New Year. This time of year, is a busy one for Victoria Police as we focus on the extra traffic and public events that come about. And, of course, the Christmas parties and end of the year work functions add another interesting challenge for us. As always you will see an increased presence of police on the streets and in public areas. We will be focusing on your safety and will maintain our zero tolerance of drink and drug driving and other safety offences on the road. From a crime perspective this is a critical time to maintain your personal peripheral awareness – i.e. being aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you and your family are out enjoying the holidays and Christmas activities. I’d encourage you to also remember about not leaving anything in your vehicles when you’re out. As I’ve pointed out before, breaking into vehicles is a very opportunistic offence. Generally they will only break in if they see something they think is worthwhile taking the risk for. Don’t give them that reason! 2019 will present new challenges for us all but Victoria Police will continue to maintain a focus on safety in all areas of the CBD and Southbank. I will be moving on from Southbank in the New Year and S/Sgt Alex O’Toole will be taking over my role. I’m sure she will do a wonderful job looking after the Southbank community and enjoy it just as much as I have over the past seven years. Merry Xmas and happy New Year to you all. If you have a question around policing in the Southbank Area please feel free to send them to me at [email protected]. I will try to answer as many as I can and will print some in future additions of Southbank Local News. Quote for the day: To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone – Reba McEntire Snr Sgt Steve Bills - Commander, Southbank Police Station

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