Drop the hood reminder for shoppers

Residents are being reminded by police to take off their hoods when entering businesses or pumping fuel this winter.

COMPLY: Dianne Daly said she thought the drop the hood program was a great way for her employees to feel safer at work. Photo: Georgina Bayly

COMPLY: Dianne Daly said she thought the drop the hood program was a great way for her employees to feel safer at work. Photo: Georgina Bayly

The Drop the Hood program has been running in businesses throughout the northern suburbs of the Logan Policing District for just over 12 months.

Logan District Police Senior Sergeant Peta Jordan said the police are simply asking for compliance with the drop the hood initiative.

“There are so many places in society where we have conditions of entry,” she said.

“The businesses who are on board with drop the hood just are adding this condition to their store.”

Businesses such at petrol stations and supermarkets have been approached by police to get involved.

“It’s not just hoods, but sunglasses and hats as well,” Senior Sergeant Jordan said.

“We just find in winter there are more people wearing hooded jumpers and they keep their hoods up in stores.”

Senior Sergeant Jordan said businesses who were part of the program were thinking about safety throughout their stores as well.

“Employees want to see who they are serving and dropping your hood is one way to help them,” she said.

Jimboomba Caltex service station owner Dianne Daly said she thought the program allowed her employees to gain confidence behind the counter.

“We know that not everyone is trying to hide but we find that it is a bit of respect and common courtesy to drop your hood,” she said.

“There are a lot of respectful people out there but if we all join together in the drop the hood it just makes everyone safer and more aware.”

Ms Daly said generally customers were really complaint with the rule and had no problem with the condition of entry.

“Last week I started forewarning people again that we would be coming down harder on the hood rule as it is colder now,” she said.

“Even if we know the customer, it’s easier if people follow the same routine.”

Ms Daly said she hoped more businesses would get on board to make it a district effort to increase safety.

Businesses can contact their local police station to become involved in the drop the hood program.

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