Squad set to battle looting

IPSWICH police received more calls from concerned residents yesterday reporting looting in flood-affected suburbs.

Police said alleged looting was reported in the One Mile area yesterday morning, only a day after concerns were raised about similar robberies in Goodna.

In response to looting fears, a squad of 200 police officers will hit the streets of Brisbane and Ipswich to deter would-be thieves.

To be codenamed Operation Safeguard, the squad will have 100 Queensland officers paired with 100 officers sent from interstate.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said police had received a handful of looting reports, all of which are being investigated by officers.

“The formation of this squad is a pre-emptive strike, a clear warning to any member of the public who thinks they can profit from this disaster,” he said.

“Those people negatively impacted by this tragic natural disaster are already doing it tough. They do not need to have their personal circumstances complicated by people looting their homes and businesses.”

The anti-looting squad will initially be tasked for three weeks, after which a possible extension of the task force will be assessed.

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