Unlocked homes and vehicles an easy target for thieves

NOT even two weeks into the new year and thieves have struck a Calliope home.

The occupants returned to their home in Calliope mid-week to find it had been ransacked, with a grandmother's ring, jewellery and sunglasses among the items reported stolen.

Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch detectives said late last year that property crime was a key area they would be targeting.

Police investigations are ongoing into the Calliope break-and-enter.

Gladstone Police acting Inspector Matt Russell had some crucial advice for local residents when it came to ensuring they did not fall victim to opportunist thieves.

"Having unsecured property, homes or vehicles increases the risk of property crime, so we really encourage people to secure their property and vehicles," Acting Insp Russell said.

"Unlocked vehicles have been a problem for us and unsecured property, vehicles or homes is an ongoing theme with offences reported to police."

Acting Insp Russell agreed it was largely common sense when it came to preventing property crime, with simple things like keeping an eye on your neighbour's property and ensuring homes were secured when leaving for extended periods.

"These are opportunist offences so we really urge people to secure homes and vehicles and use their common sense," he said.

Security tips:

  • Ensure vehicles are secured, even if sitting in driveways or open garages
  • Secure homes, even if entertaining or at home or if going away for extended holidays
  • Organise someone to collect your mail while away
  • Implement security screens etc
  • Keep an eye on trusted neighbours and friends homes and vice versa


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