Unlocked cars invite thieves to a free pick

UNSUSPECTING Tannum Sands residents are giving thieves the green light to steal their goods by leaving their cars unlocked overnight, according to police.

Tannum Sands police have seen a spike in the number of property offences in the past few weeks in Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.

Police have found that, in every single case, valuable items were stolen from cars that had been left unlocked. Police believe teenagers were the culprits in the majority of instances.

Tannum Sands Police Senior Sergeant Tony Poli said that residents were leaving iPhones, iPods, wallets and money on show.

"Locally we are becoming a giveaway society, with local residents making it far too easy for offenders," Snr Sgt Poli said.

"You make it attractive and easy for crooks, they will come."

The warning comes as part of the Gladstone Police's ongoing Lock it or Lose it campaign.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to property offences to contact Tannum Police Station: 4979 9444 or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.



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