Maroochydore police are concerned about the number of motor vehicles and homes being left unlocked which has resulted in opportunistic criminals stealing property and vehicles.
In the last 28 days police have been inundated with reports of unlawful entry into homes, theft of vehicles and stealing from motor vehicles in the Maroochydore Police division. Sadly, just over 50 per cent of instances have shown houses and vehicles being left unsecured.
Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Gavin Marsh of Maroochydore Police Station is reminding car and home owners to ensure that they have locked their houses as well as their vehicles, even when at home.
"There have been a number of incidents lately where unlocked houses and vehicles have been targeted with personal property stolen, including handbags," Senior Sergeant Marsh said.
"Police will always take these types of offences seriously and fully investigate them but by taking some basic precautions it could help prevent property owners being victims of these opportunist crimes."
Police are urging people to reassess the security of their personal belongings and adopt some basic vehicle and home security habits.
There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of your property being stolen:
- Always lock your home, including your garage door, secure your keys and garage remotes in the home.
- Always lock your vehicle, including the boot and sunroof and remember to fully close the windows even when you are at home or parked in your garage.
- Remove or place out of sight all valuables and personal documents when leaving your car unattended.
- Don't hide spare keys on the vehicle or around the home as thieves know where to look.
To learn more about vehicle and home security visit the Queensland Police website.
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 crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.