Kids take illegal dip in pools
POLICE are warning neighbours in the region’s holiday rental properties to keep their eyes open for “pool hoppers”.
Groups of young teenagers with too much time on their hands during the school holiday period have been helping themselves to swimming pools.
Mossman police senior constable Maggie Meadows said they received regular phone calls about “pool hoppers” in the Port Douglas and Mossman region during the holidays.
“We often get a lot of calls about groups of kids who are ’pool hopping’ in holiday rentals or vacant properties because there are so many available in this region,” she said. “We urge people to notify their neighbours if they are going away so someone can contact the police.
“It makes it hard for us to track people down or make an investigation when the crime is reported days later.”
The groups have been trespassing for “fun” and have broken pool lights, statues as well as stolen small items left on verandas.
Two statues and a pool light were broken at an Executive Retreats holiday rental in Wonga Beach this week.
“This is just a warning to anyone who has a holiday home or vacant property to lock their belongings away,” Snr Cnst Meadows said.
Police are urging people to report any unusual pool behaviour to the Mossman Police Station on 4099 2177.