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Crocodile warning sign stolen from Fitzroy River

Empty warning sign frame at Langes Crossing
Empty warning sign frame at Langes Crossing DPaW

Broome residents and visitors are being asked not to remove important safety signage following the theft of a crocodile warning sign from Langes Crossing on the Fitzroy River.

Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) district wildlife officer Allan Bennett said the sign was installed following a report of a large estuarine crocodile acting aggressively in the area on 19 December.

“The purpose of this sign was to warn river users to be vigilant due to the crocodile sighting and to keep out of the water and well away from the water’s edge,” he said.

“However, during a recent visit to the area earlier this month, DPaW rangers discovered it had been removed from its metal frame and was missing.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time such thefts have occurred as several other crocodile warning signs have been stolen from around Broome over the last couple of years.”

Mr Bennett urged people to think twice before taking these signs which provide vital safety information for the public.

“People who think stealing these signs for a souvenir is just a bit of harmless fun probably don’t realise they are putting the safety of others at risk,” he said.

“It is highly irresponsible and extremely selfish for someone to steal a sign which has been put up to save lives.

“Each sign costs a few hundred dollars and is specially designed to include important information about sightings, so getting them replaced is both costly and time-consuming.”

People with information on missing warning signs are being asked to contact the DPaW office in Broome on 9195 5500.

Mr Bennett said the matter had been reported to Broome police. Anyone who wishes to report information concerning stolen crocodile signs can contact Broome Police Station on 9194 0200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

Estuarine crocodiles live in coastal rivers and creek systems and often occur in open sea and around islands. They also move inland along major rivers, floodplain billabongs and into freshwater rivers, creeks and swamps. 

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Last modified on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 13:46