A SUMMER safety blitz on the Mornington Peninsula and other foreshore locations across Melbourne is ramping up as beachgoers gear up for the warmer weather.
Operation Summersafe – running until March next year – will see a bolstered police presence across key beachside locations.
Residents and visitors should expect an increase in proactive police patrols along the foreshore as well as surrounding parks, entertainment precincts and public transport hubs.
Local police will work alongside specialist units including the mounted branch, water police, public order response team, highway patrol and transit safety division.
Specially fitted vans, called mobile policing units, will be deployed across the busiest areas, and will serve as a central hub for police to talk to communities and monitor any anti-social or criminal behaviour.
Police will have access to an extensive CCTV network so they can share real-time intelligence and place officers in areas of concern to tackle any problems before they escalate.
Police ask everyone enjoying beaches to respect the safety of others. To report any suspicious or anti-social behaviour, phone the police assistance line on 131 444. In an emergency, always call 000.