Taking property that is not yours is criminal
With the unprecedented level of flooding that has or is currently affecting communities across Queensland, police would like to remind members of the public that taking property that is not theirs could be a criminal offence.
Property dislocated by flooding, such as vehicles, boats, household items, jewellery or a myriad of other items, is not abandoned property and not available to be collected or removed by anyone other than the lawful owner or person who has lawful possession.
It is an offence to steal anything that you find which is clearly dislocated as a result of flooding; finding abandoned property and taking it is looting.
Looting and stealing are criminal offences with serious penalties.
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
07 3015 2444