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Phone Down #EyesUp as Council works with Police on community safety

Published: 17 April 2018

Phone Down #EyesUp as Council works with Police on community safety
Cr Steve Swenson says the ‘Phone Down #EyesUp’ campaign encourages residents to be smart when it comes to their mobile devices and personal safety.

Logan City Council has joined forces with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to improve the safety of its residents when using technology in public.

Council and the QPS – Logan District Criminal Investigation Branch has launched the ‘Phone Down #EyesUp’ campaign, encouraging residents to be smart when it comes to their mobile devices and personal safety.

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said that although mobile devices such as smart phones, iPads, iPods and laptops are a great tool to stay connected with family and friends or pass the time while waiting for the next train, they can also be a distraction.

“The Phone Down #EyesUp campaign aims to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own safety by putting their mobile devices down, keeping their eyes up and being aware of what is happening around them,” Cr Swenson said.

“We are encouraging people to be a bit more vigilant and be mindful of their surroundings when engaged with their devices, particularly when walking or using public transport.”

Easy ways to protect mobile devices include:

  • Putting the mobile device in your front pocket, securely in your bag or in a pouch.
  • Using a password to protect access to your device to make it more difficult for a thief to gain access to your personal information.
  • Installing an anti-theft application on your device to help you locate your device and make it unusable to whoever has possession of it.

To find out more about how you can protect yourself and your mobile devices while you’re out and about, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/communitysafety.

To report suspicious or untoward behaviour, call PoliceLink on 131 444 or if it is an emergency, dial 000.