Watch out for camp crime

POLICE have warned holiday-makers to be wary of opportunistic thieves who might ruin their summer break.

Launceston Senior Constable Annabel Shegog said with the influx of visitors to campsites, caravan parks and beaches, thieves would follow.

``This is a timely reminder to people to look after their property, even in the more relaxed environment of caravan parks and camping destinations,'' she said.

``Thieves still frequent these locations because the lack of security is advantageous to them.''

Senior Constable Shegog advised people to adopt a Neighbourhood Watch-style approach by keeping an eye on one another and reporting suspicious activity.

She said people should tell their caravan park manager if their property had been stolen, to enable the manager to gather reports of similar incidents and notify police.

Bridport is one coastal area which attracts crowds of visitors every summer.

During New Year's Eve celebrations, young people who have travelled to Bridport to drink and party have caused trouble for locals and holidaying families.

This prompted Dorset Council to make changes at the Bridport Holiday Park.

Mayor Barry Jarvis said the caravan park had had full-time on-site management for about four months, with a husband-and-wife team co-managing the park.

There are also about eight council-employed security officers at the park who are working with police across the New Year period.

Cr Jarvis said that management and security would help to keep caravan park users safe.

``We have had a few issues with mainly males, young blokes, and in the last two years, a few young girls who were getting a bit aggro and imbibing too much,'' he said.

``Once they have had too much to drink they look around for a place to sleep and a few issues can arise.''

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