A sneak break and enter is when an offender enters your home through an unlocked door, window or other open entry point – on many occasions the owner is at home blissfully unaware of what is happening!
Sunshine Coast police are constantly reminding residents to use the security measures available within their homes. It is not uncommon for police to attend an incident to find a home that has top of the range security measures but the resident left the front door unlocked whilst gardening in the back yard or even car parked in the drive way unlocked or the keys left in it. Garages also contain valuable items such as tools, bikes, camping gear but residents leave the door open whilst the owner pops to the shop to grab something.
Unfortunately there are some opportunistic thieves that look for these ‘soft targets’ and will make the most of opportunities that present themselves.
- ensure that doors and windows are secure, even when at home.
- whilst at home make sure car keys, wallets, handbags and mobile phones are kept out of sight – not left in clear view on a kitchen bench or table.
- ensure that vehicles are left locked and valuables removed from the vehicle.