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Police urge residents to lock up cars, homes

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LOCK UP: Bundaberg Police say house and car break-ins were one of the most common crimes and could occur at any time of the day or night.

Bundaberg Police are reminding residents to lock up after break and enters to homes and vehicles have been reported over the past several weeks.

Senior Constable Brittany Duncan said house and car break-ins were one of the most common crimes and could occur at any time of the day or night.

“Thieves will take any opportunity to steal cars,” she said.

“In Queensland, one in two cars are stolen using the car’s keys – don’t gift your keys to thieves.

“Make it your new year’s resolution to review your current home security measures and identify potential security risks.”

To reduce the risk of being broken into or having your valuables stolen, consider the following tips:

  • Ensure doors are always locked with a key even when you are home.
  • Lock away items of value such as bikes, lawn mowers and garden implements such as ladders. Always keep your garage or shed door closed and locked with a key.
  • Always ensure car keys and house keys, together with mobile phones, handbags and wallets, are stored out of sight.
  • Consider installing perimeter security lighting including sensor lights.
  • Ensure trees and shrubs are trimmed to allow visibility to your property and your house number is clearly visible.
  • Consider installing security systems such as CCTV cameras and alarms.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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