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February 2019


Police, caravan park representatives and council officials at the meeting aimed at reducing crime at Mount Isa caravan parks

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POLICE and caravan park owners have met to discuss improving park security at Queensland's outback city of Mount Isa.

Owners and managers from four local parks attended the meeting, designed to help reduce crime and increase local awareness of crime-prevention practices.

They were advised that in addition to always reporting a crime to police, they should be aware of crime prevention through environmental design.

This included installing security cameras and motion-activated floodlights, cutting down or trimming trees and hedges and identifying existing hotspots on their properties that needed attention to prevent the likelihood of a crime being committed.

The parks were Sunset Top Tourist Park, Mount Isa Holiday and Caravan Park, Argylla Holiday and Caravan Park and the AAOK Moondarra Caravan Park

Police officers at the meeting emphasised the importance of stressing to park visitors and residents the need to "lock it or lose it".

Sunset Top Tourist Park owner Peter Miller said he was buoyed by suggestions and ideas put forward at the meeting.

He appreciated the offer by Mount Isa Police to visit his property and help him improve security practices.

Also at the meeting were local mayor Joyce McCulloch, acting deputy chief executive officer Mark Crawley and director of engineering Emilio Cianetti.

Cr McCulloch said it was informative and productive, adding: "It is so important for us all to work collaboratively together to address such a significant issue."

She thanked the park owners for bringing the issue to her attention and calling for the meeting.

"I'm confident that some real change and action will come as a result of it," she said.


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