Grand theft overdrive: Ten days, 38 break-ins
AN UNSEASONABLE spike in vehicle break-ins has police calling on Toowoomba drivers to ensure their cars are locked and secured.
Darling Downs district officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hart said 38 vehicles had been broken into the past week-and-a-half.
"It is spread across all suburbs and is very opportunistic," Det. Act. Insp. Hart said.
"The vast majority of them were unsecured vehicles."
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Loose change and other items of minor value have been taken.
Det. Act. Insp. Hart said there was no particular pattern to the offending, with break-ins occurring in carparks, driveways and in the streets.
"We believe there are probably a number of groups active."
He said it was unusual to have a spike in crime during periods of cold weather.
Toowoomba crime prevention officer Sgt Tony Rehn said police were concerned that personal papers and other items usable for identity theft were often left in vehicles.
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"With the onset of the cold weather, it is a natural tendency to want to get home and inside a warm house, sometimes neglecting to shut vehicle doors and lock them," Sgt Rehn said.
"Please take a minute to ensure you've removed all valuables and personal items from the vehicle and that the vehicle is secured."