Burglaries on the rise
AT least 42 Rockhampton homes have been burgled over the month of August and police are reminding locals to lock up.
Police's Crime Prevention Unit said they had identified Berserker and Norman Gardens as burglary hot spots, with an increase of activity over the past month.
Norman Gardens also suffered a blow with thieves and would-be thieves targeting motor vehicles in that suburb more than any other.
Residents from 10 Norman Gardens' streets reported incidents of theft and attempted theft from vehicles.
Police said break and enters of houses and vehicles were often opportunistic thefts and could be avoided if people used good home security methods, such as locking doors and keeping windows closed – even while at home.
They encouraged all locals to use key-operated locks on doors and windows in houses and warned people to avoid placing keys in obvious places, such as under door mats.
Another tip was to make sure sercurity alarms were working.
Police said a good way to make it difficult for thieves to steal valuable belongings was by engraving or microdotting them.
To report any incidents of theft or attempted theft call Policelink on 131 444.
HOUSE BURGLARY HOT SPOTS
Berserker: Berserker, Elphinstone, High, Musgrave, Nobbs, Sharples and Water Streets
Norman Gardens: Yaamba Rd, Retreat Ave, and Brazil, Farm, Langford, McColl and Potts Streets
VEHICLE THEFT HOT SPOTS
Stealing and attempted stealing of motor vehicles
Berserker: Armstrong Lane & Craig St
Park Avenue: Denning St
Rockhampton: Wambool and Denison Streets