Rockhampton worst place in CQ for thefts

ROCKHAMPTON tops the list of the worst suburbs for home theft in central Queensland, according to the latest research by RACQ Insurance, followed by Mackay and Gladstone.

RACQ executive manager insurance communications Mike Sopinski said the Insurer's 2014 Home Security Index revealed local crime rates had impacted the decision of property buyers.

"Our research shows the majority of those surveyed (81 per cent) said crime rates in an area affected their buying choice," Mr Sopinski said.

"More than half (54 per cent) said they would check crimes rate in the local area, and nearly three quarters (71 per cent) said previous crimes at a property would impact whether they purchase.

"Our research also shows that most break-ins are opportunistic, and many householders are making it easy for thieves to enter properties through the likes of open or unlocked doors and windows."

Suburbs with the postcode 4703, such as Yeppoon, Lammermoor and Maryvale, topped the list, followed by the 4701 postcode (Berseker, Frenchville, Mount, Archer, North Rockhampton).

Third on the list were Mackay suburbs with the 4740 postcode, such as Andergrove, Bakers Creek and Chelona.

Gladstone suburbs got a mention at number 6.

Worst suburbs for home theft in Central Queensland:

1. Postcode 4703: Yeppoon, Adelaide Park, Bangalee, Barlows Hill, Barmaryee, Barmoya, Bondoola, Bungundarra, Byfield, Causeway Lake, Cobraball, Cooee Bay, Farnborough, Hidden Valley, Inverness, Kinka Beach, Lake Mary, Lammermoor, Lammermoor Beach, Maryvale, Meikleville Hill, Mulambin, Mulara, Pacific Heights, Rosslyn, Stockyard, Tanby, Taranganba, Taroomball, Woodbury

2. Postcode 4701: Berseker, Frenchville, Ironpot, Kawana, Koongal, Lakes Creek, Limestone Creek, Mount Archer, Nankin, Nerimbera, Norman Gardens, North Rockhampton, Park Avenue, Rockyview, Sandringham.

3. Postcode 4740: Alexandra, Alligator Creek, Andergrove, Bakers Creek, Balberra, Balnagowan, Beaconsfield, Belmunda, Blacks Beach, Cape Hillsborough, Chelona, Cremorne, Dolphin Heads, Dumbleton, Dunnrock.

4. Postcode 4702: Alberta, Alton Downs, Ambrose, Anakie, Argoon, Banana, Baralaba, Bluff, Bouldercombe, Cawarral, Comet, Coorooman, Coowonga, Dalma, Dingo, Duaringa, Dululu, Etna Creek, Garnant, Gogango, Goovigen, Gracemere, Jambin, Jardine, Joskeleigh, Kabra, Kalapa, Keppel Sands, Kokotungo, Kunwarara, Marmor, Milman, Morinish South, Mount Chalmers, Nine Mile, Parkhurst, Pink Lily, Ridgelands, Rolleston, Rubyvale, Sapphire, Shoalwater, Smoky Creek, Stanage, Stanwell, The Caves, Tungamull, Wallaroo, Westwood.

5. Postcode 4700: Rockhampton, Rockhampton City, West Rockhampton, Allenstown, Depot Hill, Fairy Bower, Great Keppel Island, Port Curtis, The Range, Wandal.

6. Postcode 4680: Barney Point, Beecher, Benaraby, Boyne Island, Boyne Valley, Burua, Calliope, Clinton, Curtis Island, Gladstone, Gladstone Central, Gladstone Harbour, Gladstone City, Glen Eden, Iveragh, Kin Kora.

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