Business wants police presence
A POLICE Beat in Mary Street could help stop skateboarders and bike riders from potentially hurting people and curtail shop lifting, Tuesday's meeting about Mary Street's future heard.
Toyworld co-owner Louisa Corbett told the meeting the large shop had a big problem with in-store theft and safety issues from skateboarders.
Mrs Corbett told business owners and councillors she needed help and a Police Beat could provide a permanent presence to deter offenders.
“We don't need much, but they need shifting on,” she said.
“If the Police Beat was only open from 8am to 3pm it would help. We're very hard on them, but when we call police it takes half an hour. What can we do to get a Police Beat?”
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said previous talks with police suggested there wasn't enough man power for a permanent Police Beat.
News Express owner Warrick Hosking said council should lobby the Queensland Government for a Police Beat even though he had been told by Gympie police there was not enough crime to warrant one.
Enough support for a Police Beat and hard lobbying from council should be enough too secure one, he said.
Mr Hosking said skateboarders and bike riders using Mary Street as a thoroughfare could kill someone, especially if they knocked over an elderly person. Suggestions to get tougher on skateboarders and bike riders included giving council parking inspectors more power, or taking the devices off offenders.