Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bad Habits to Beat

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bad Habits to Beat

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Emily Prain

Police Reporter

THEY have tried the hard line of enforcement and have even gone so far as to establish a rewards system in a desperate attempt to encourage motorists to do the simple task of locking their cars.

But the two very different strategies have proved fruitless in a police bid to crack down on property thefts from cars.

"It's a huge problem in the community and one that's bucking all the other trends," Bundaberg police Acting Inspector Erwin Hoffmann said.

"More than 90% of vehicles entered aren't in fact broken into because they have been unlocked.

"Not only are they unlocked, but they are also leaving valuable items in them."

Acting Insp Hoffmann said it was a great concern that people were continuing to not take responsibility to secure their property.

"Like any crime committed, there is a cost to the community," he said.

"We all end up paying for that person's indiscretion, which could be in the way of insurance premiums or for police resources. …

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