News

$40 fine if car unlocked

A community initiative rolled out by Gladstone welfare and community organisations are imploring Gladstone vehicle owners to lock up. Crimestoppers Chairperson Bruce Crozier, Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett, Inspector Darren Somerville and Print & Sign Newsprint HRG employees Ben Hughes and Bentley Donges.
A community initiative rolled out by Gladstone welfare and community organisations are imploring Gladstone vehicle owners to lock up. Crimestoppers Chairperson Bruce Crozier, Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett, Inspector Darren Somerville and Print & Sign Newsprint HRG employees Ben Hughes and Bentley Donges. Ebony Battersby

IF YOU don't lock your car, you can get fined $40.

Not to mention you risk having your property stolen or damaged, but the fine is a deterrent to owners who fail to secure their vehicles.

In the past financial year, 215 cars were broken into within the Gladstone region, and an additional 46 offences reported in the wider Gladstone region.

Inspector Darren Somerville implored car owners to remove temptation from the eyes of potential thieves.

"In the last financial year period, we saw a 13% increase in offences," he said. "Take the temptation away. Don't leave valuables on display and lock your vehicles."

While the message appears to be fundamental, figures are suggesting Gladstone residents are becoming complacent.

In a joint mission to ensure the message is received, notices have been erected across the region to act as both a warning and reminder.

Signage can be found at the marina, Lake Awoonga, Gladstone airport and various car parks care of Newprint HRG.

Gladstone Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Ann Jessop said the message was simple: to protect your property, lock it up.

"You'd be surprised what people leave in their cars; we've had everything reported, including a kitchen sink."

She said tradies' tools were another big-ticket item thieves pursued.

Topics:  car, crime, fine, police




Rio Tinto pays $3 million to Gladstone council

FILE PHOTO: The Rio Tinto's Yarwun plant.

Gladstone council gets a healthy cut of Rio's profits

UPDATE: Two rushed to hospital as crash shuts down busy Gladstone road

The crash on the corner of Tank St and Glenlyon St.

ACCIDENT directly outside Gladstone’s ambulance headquarters.

Latest deals and offers

Vintaea: Why I left The Bachelor on the first night

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles