Police officers are encouraging residents to lock up after increased reports of break and enters into cars and homes across the Wide Bay Region, including Bundaberg.
Senior Constable Brittany Duncan said most were the result of opportunistic thefts where offenders noticed homes and vehicles had been left unlocked and allowed for easy access.
“Upon gaining access to homes, offenders are locating vehicle keys in insecure areas and as a result, are stealing occupants’ vehicles,” she said.
“Residents are being urged to review their current home and vehicle security habits to help prevent opportunistic thieves.”
Consider the following tips to improve vehicle security:
- Always lock your vehicle, including the sunroof and toolboxes, and remember to fully close all windows
- Always keep your keys out of sight and never leave vehicle keys lying around on tables, benches, bedside tables or key hooks
- Remove keys from the ignition and lock your vehicle if your vehicle is parked or unattended, even if it’s only for a minute
- Remove all valuables and personal items when leaving your car unattended, or ensure they are out of sight
House-breaking, also known as break and enter or burglary, is one of the most common crimes and can occur at any time of the day or night.
By regularly assessing your home security, introducing targeted security measures and changing your everyday behaviours, you can help keep your home safe.
Good home security can be achieved by following these tips:
- Ensure doors are always locked with a key even when you are home
- Consider fitting security screen doors, designed and installed to Australian standards
- Consider installing perimeter security lighting including sensor lights and CCTV cameras
- Ensure trees and shrubs are trimmed to allow visibility to your property and your house number is clearly visible
- If you would like further security awareness information, contact your local District Crime Prevention Unit in Bundaberg, Maryborough or Gympie and we can work with you to deter, detect and disrupt unlawful activity.
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.