IS there anything better than watching the sun go down on a glorious autumn day while listening to the melodic sounds of the Gold Coast?
Birds singing, kookaburras laughing … and the police chopper thundering overhead, destroying property values and scaring the crap out of paranoid, teenage dopers.
Ok, maybe I am being a little harsh.
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To be fair, the chopper does not discriminate.
It is just as likely to be hovering noisily and nosily over Main Beach as Palm Beach.
Mostly it has been embraced by locals and, I’m sure, it has been doing a great job.
But it’s a bit awkward trying to convince a friend over the phone that the Gold Coast is not as dangerous as the media make out when you are interrupted by them asking ‘what’s that noise in the background’.
Umm, that’s the police chopper.
Or you have visitors from interstate and you are sitting on the back deck enjoying the twilight and the police chopper zooms by.
Nothing to see here folks, move along now.
Thankfully the excitement of the new toy has worn off a bit now and we don’t often have to endure low flying chopper action over our homes in the early hours of the morning.
Well, not that often anyway.
When police first got the chopper they were thundering all over the place, having a good look in the backyards of houses they usually can only drive past.
One night the chopper was hovering overhead like something out of a LA gang movie.
It would move away, hover somewhere else for a while, and then circle back again to hover overhead some more.
It went on for almost an hour and was so loud I couldn’t sleep.
So I jumped on Twitter, as you do, and I wasn’t the only one awake.
Other Gold Coasters were wondering what the hell was going on and there was a running commentary on where the chopper was at that moment.
I don’t know who they were after but I have been looking at my neighbours with suspicion ever since.
They’ve been giving me strange looks as well.
But I don’t think that can be blamed on the police chopper.
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