A unique partnership in crime prevention has started at the Nambour General Hospital from October 2017. A first of its kind, the Hospital Watch will bring Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service staff, Nambour Police, Neighbourhood Watch and the local community together with the aim to discourage any incidence of crime in and around the hospital.
Nambour General Hospital, acting Director of Nursing and Facility Manager, Mr Dave Johnson said it was hoped the program would foster community spirit and a sense of pride in the area.
“Hospital Watch will increase the community’s perceptions of safety, as well as reassuring our patients and staff,” Mr Johnson said.
Superintendent Darryl Johnson, District Officer of the Sunshine Coast said criminal offences often occurred in the surrounding areas of hospitals .
“This has included violence, property, theft and anti-social behaviour,” Superintendent Johnson said.
“A significant amount of this criminal behaviour is preventable and can be deterred by the adoption and fostering of proactive partnerships with the community and by following simple crime prevention strategies such as placing valuables in a safe area and keeping a look out for suspicious behaviour.”
To help support the program, people are encouraged to report any suspicious activity around Nambour General Hospital to Policelink on 131 444 or directly to the hospital on 07 5470 5146.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.