Customers shopping in a Brisbane suburb will be urged to remove their hoodies as part of a new initiative to stop crime.
The Hoodie Free Zone campaign has been launched in Wynnum after a spate of armed robberies involving offenders wearing the popular clothing item to hide their face.
Starting next month, retailers will also get height stickers and an armed robbery awareness brochure to educate them on how to reduce the risk of falling victim to crime.
“By encouraging customers to remove their hoodies, retailers can minimise the risk of being a target,” says Wynnum district officer acting superintendent Paul Scanlan.
“This initiative includes a ‘Remove Hoodies on Premises’ sticker to be placed in prominent positions inside businesses.”
The Hoodie Free Zone trial will run for one month and will then be extended across South Brisbane and Oxley Districts.