Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Thieves Targeting Unlocked Property

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Thieves Targeting Unlocked Property

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Byline: Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@capnews.com.au

MORE than half of the cars broken into in Rockhampton are unlocked.

Rockhampton police have urged residents to be vigilant when locking up their homes and cars over these school holidays to prevent opportunistic crime.

"An unlocked house takes very little time and effort to get into," Senior Sergeant Ashley Hull said.

"Your best defence in residential areas is your neighbours. We always encourage people, if they hear a noise or see something suspicious, to ring (the police)."

Over the last few months, the number of home break-ins for Rockhampton has remained relatively stable and car break-in reports have declined.

However, car break-ins are still likely for residential areas, particularly at night.

Snr Sergeant Hull said owners should lock their doors and windows (even when home), wind up car windows, and hide or take valuables with them when leaving their car.

"Someone can walk past and look inside and see things like your credit cards or mobile phone visible. …

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