Mixed thoughts on bike-riding crime fighters
POLICE in the Yamanto division are fighting crime and calories at the same time, with night bicycle patrols added to the roster.
The bike patrols are designed to keep local parks and streets safe and free of the type of property crime that is becoming all-too common.
On the first weekend, the bike police were able to charge three offenders with breaking into houses and cars in the division.
Yamanto station has increased the patrols as a result.
QT Facebook followers were mostly supportive of the move, however it wasn't without its sceptics either.
Regan Bow said they would like to see the bike cops in their neighbourhood: "Raceview needs some serious police work. Glad we don't live there anymore. Every night there's something; car and house break-ins and damage to houses."
Kris Ryan was also supportive: "You betcha. Bring it on. Redbank Plasins needs it desperately."
Bev Draper added: "Love it. Keep up the great work QPS."
Jacob Swan came across as a tad sceptical with his post: "I'd love to see them pull over a hoon on one of them suckers."
While Kimberley Mccarthy suggested that the patrols might disturb her dog - causing complaints about barking to council which would inconvenience her: "Nope, it will send my poor puppy nuts and another letter from the council will follow. So no thanks, please stay in your cars."
Michelle Ryan was also against the move to pedal power: "Watched a cop on a bike ignore a mother smoking in the car with her kids, as well as a guy on a bike with no helmet. Maybe they just pick and choose crime."
From the reports we've heard so far, it certainly sounds as if the bike patrols are focussing on serious property crime, rather than petty offences, but in light of Ms Ryan's post, perhaps they won't be as forgiving next time they see someone smoking in front of their children or riding a bike without a helmet.