Phoney council visit alert
BE alert and don’t take anything for granted in this day and age.
That’s the message from Gympie police and the Gympie Regional Council following reports of a person claiming to be a council employee calling on residences on the Cooloola Coast to purportedly inspect swimming pools.
Mayor Ron Dyne said all council staff were required to wear appropriate identification, which included photographic identification and a council uniform.
“According to reports, this person was wearing a Cooloola Shire Council shirt, driving a private vehicle and did not have council identification,” he said.
Police Inspector Ron Van Saane said residents should ensure they check the identification and credentials of such callers and if in any doubt, should not let them on their property.
“If you have any concerns, contact your police station or council office,” the inspector said.
“Stay vigilant and remember, just because we live in a non-metropolitan area, people should not be complacent.”