Here it is, the first On the Beat for a new decade, 2020.
Hopefully we have a great year with everyone getting together to reduce crime and the fear of crime within our community. Let's keep on top of property security, vehicle security and personal security.
Keep an eye out in your neighbourhood for suspicious persons and vehicles and please, if you see something, say something.
If it looks suspicious it generally is suspicious. Contact police if something does not seem right and if you want to remain anonymous don't forget the Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
This leads me into our ongoing bushfire problems in the district. I am sure you have read or heard reports in the media in relation to looters. Crooks who prey on the misery of others by stealing whatever they can in our fire ravaged communities.
Please, if you see anything that you even mildly think that something is not quite right with a vehicle in the area or an unknown person wandering around on a property, contact police.
Police are happy to approach people and ascertain their bonafides. If it's all good then it's all good, however if the persons are found to be dodgy then they will be dealt with. This goes for any persons seen lighting fires as well.
We need to send a message to anyone that is considering committing these types of crimes, that police and the community stand together to stop this kind of behaviour.
We all have somewhere to go, places to see, people to meet and our plans are ruined by a yellow and black sign across the road saying, "ROAD CLOSED".
This coupled with the fact that you have stopped moving forward and you are in a line of cars three kilometres long with no idea when the road will be opened adds to the stress.
Three kids in the back of the car getting bored and jumping around screaming simply does not help. At this point you are bleeding from the ears and nose with rage. If it's any consolation, police feel your pain.
READ MORE: South Coast fires LIVE blog
Roads are blocked for a reason. It's for your own safety that road blocks are in place. Please plan your trip, if you don't have to go then don't.
There is an upside. I find it a great excuse not to go to the in-laws for Sunday lunch.
As always, in case of emergency, call (000). Non-Emergencies contact Police Link on 131 444 or your local Police. To provide anonymous information call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Don't forget. Cops are tops.