GYMPIE police have praised watchful residents who have been keeping an eye on their neighbours' properties over the holidays.
Sergeant Vic Tipman said police had taken a number of calls about people acting suspiciously around schools and business premises, including places that had been the target of trespassers and vandals before Christmas.
The latest reports related to a school and business premises overnight Wednesday, he said.
In all cases, the people police spoke to had a legitimate reason to be on the premises, Sgt Tipman said.
However, he said police appreciated the potential crime-prevention role of that kind of information.
And he urged Gympie district people to keep up the good work.
"It gives us the chance to act and if we are in a position to intercept them and speak to them, we will," he said.
"That's how we find offenders."
Over the Christmas-New Year break, police investigated several incidents of burglary and vandalism at business, school and sporting premises, as well as at community group premises.