Managers at Melbourne’s flagship high street have been forced to ban walkie talksies, including those for the elderly and people with disabilities, in an effort to curb the growing number of thefts.
A spokeswoman for the city’s transport and public works department said the ban was introduced in October to prevent walkie tapes and walkie trolleys from being used for fraud, which is against the law.
But people with disability are already using the devices for personal protection and for walking around, the spokeswoman said.
“It’s been a really good deterrent,” she said.
“We are not just banning walkie sticks, but we are also making sure that walkie calls are also prohibited.”
“There are some people that walk around and it’s a great deterrent.”
The spokeswoman said walkie call boxes were being installed in some stores and at some cafes to make sure people were aware of the rules.
“We want people to be aware that they are using walkie devices and not using them for personal reasons,” she added.
“The only thing that you can do is call us and we’ll come to you and we will do the right thing.”
Melbourne’s police have received a number of reports of thefts of walkie phones and walkies from the high street.
A number of walkies were stolen from a store in North Melbourne’s Brunswick on Wednesday afternoon, while a man was attacked in the city centre on Thursday morning.
Police said the incidents were being investigated.
Topics:police,community-and-society,law-crime-and‑justice,crime,police,law,crime-prevention,france,melbourne-3000,vicSource: The Australian Financial Press