Increase in sneak offences: lock your house while at home!


Senior Constable Rebecca McMeniman on 

Over the past couple of days there has been an increase in reported sneak offences targeting homes that back on to canals or within close proximity.

A majority of these houses have a boardwalk or access to their back yards.

At 11.50pm on March 8, unknown offenders have entered a house in Zanzibar Court, Parrearra. Four people have allegedly gained entry through the rear gate of the property and proceeded to an unlocked glass sliding door.

At about 3am on March 9, unknown offenders have allegedly removed a fly screen to a bathroom window and opened the window. They did not gain entry and were disturbed by a neighbour.

At approximately 3.30am on March 9, unknown offenders have allegedly attempted to enter a house on Tripcony Court Pelican Waters. A resident woke up and allegedly saw three people in their back yard.

On March 9, unknown offenders have attempted to gain entry to a house in Sir Joseph Banks Drive, Pelican Waters. They have allegedly attempted to cut a hole in the screen door but were unable to gain entry through the locked glass door.

On March 9, unknown offenders have allegedly gained entry to a house in Whitehaven Way, Pelican Waters. They have gained entry and allegedly stole a red Hyundai Getz from the garage that was unlocked and had the keys inside the vehicle.

At about 11.30pm on March 9, unknown offenders have entered a property on Bellanboe Circuit, Pelican Waters. They have allegedly cut a hole in the security screen and flicked the lock. The unknown persons have allegedly stolen two vehicles; a silver Toyota Corolla and a silver Nissan Pulsar.

Some other recorded sneak offences over the weekend were:

Tomkins Esplanade Birtinya: stolen Nissan Quashqai

Warne Terrace Caloundra: stolen grey Volkswagon

Bollard Court Wurtulla: nil items taken

Firetail Court Wurtulla: stolen electric bikes

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Below are some handy tips all residents should keep in mind to avoid this type of criminal activity:

  • Ensure that all locks in your dwelling are key locked and not flick locked.
  • Lock all gates that enter the premises if not get a lock
  • Lock all your windows
  • Hide your car keys out of sight.
  • Do not leave them on hanging key hooks or kitchen benches just for your ease.
  • Take the car key out of the ignition whilst unlocked and parked in your garage.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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