Tough times lead to break-ins, resident says
GLADSTONE resident Richard Johnson said he used to keep his house unlocked, but that he wouldn't do that anymore.
He said that a drunk broke into his house and fell asleep in his child's room.
"My opinion is that we've got a big community of haves and have nots in town," he said.
"They don't have the wherewithal to make ends meet.
"Just look at our gambling record and our drug sheets. People used to be looking for video cameras but now they just want cash."
Mr Johnson said knowing your neighbours was important, but that people today often didn't want to get involved in other people's lives.
"It's like people have tunnel vision," he said.
"Your neighbour could be an unpaid caretaker, and they could call your mobile if they see something suspicious."
New Gladstone resident Jye Fletcher said he was warned about break and enters in Gladstone when he first came to town..
"I was told to keep my house and car locked up," he said.
Eddie Tyrrell said he had heard of break and enters in Barney Point.
He said he lived in Central Gladstone and that there weren't many break-ins in that area.
Mr Tyrrell said he took precautions and always kept his house locked.
"Even during the day I lock up the doors and all the screens," he said. "I also know my neighbours well which helps a lot."