We should all be suspicious and call the police
JUST last year a travel bag left under a seat at a bus stop in Ipswich would have attracted little interest.
In fact if I wasn't kind, I would say it probably would have been nicked before it was reported to the police.
Now, as we remain on high terrorism alert, any suspicious parcel is viewed as a potential threat and must be treated accordingly.
The Ipswich police followed procedures to the letter this morning when they received a report of a bag left outside the Icon building.
Roads were blocked off, the bomb squad was called in and the Icon building was evacuated before an x-ray of the bag revealed it contained little more than clothes.
Despite the disruption, I doubt anyone would have complained saying the police reaction was over the top.
Unfortunately, what is going on in Syria has changed our own world.
We all need to be vigilant and when we see something that doesn't seem to be quite right we should ring the police.
It doesn't matter if there is nothing in it, our own safety and that of our family and friends depends on it.
The terror alert level was recently raised to high for the first time in 11 years amid fears of attacks by radicalised Australians returning from the Middle East.
That is a fact, not a rumour.