Kids take il­le­gal dip in pools

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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