Stay Vigilant: Constable Alison Pantovic and Sergeant Jody Fernie distribute leaflets to help people secure their cars and homes.
Stay Vigilant: Constable Alison Pantovic and Sergeant Jody Fernie distribute leaflets to help people secure their cars and homes. Chris Ison

Residents urged to lock up

MORE than three vehicles are being broken into each day in Rockhampton, according to the latest police figures.

The Queensland Police Service review has revealed 1283 reported cases of stealing from vehicles in the Rockhampton region in the 2010/2011 financial year - an increase of 228 on the previous financial year.

The review also revealed an increase of 93 unlawful entries to homes in the Rockhampton region, with 834 cases reported.

As shopping centre car parks continue to be chaotic and people leave their homes to spend Christmas away on holidays, Sergeant Jody Fernie said it was important to protect homes and vehicles.

Rockhampton police have launched the "lock it or lose it" project in an effort to prevent crime this festive season.

The project involves increased patrols through shopping centre car parks and the distribution of flyers advertising crime prevention tips.

"Preventing crime is a community responsibility and police need the public to take responsibility for their property," said Sgt Fernie.

"I strongly encourage all vehicle owners to take a moment before leaving their vehicle to ensure that all valuables are out of sight and the vehicle is locked securely with the windows wound up."

Sgt Fernie said it was also important for people to avoid telling the world their travel plans.

"Don't advertise your holiday plans on Facebook or Twitter," she said.

Sgt Fernie encouraged people to flatten and dispose of any boxes as well.

"Don't make it obvious that there is new stuff in your house," she said.

RACQ tips to prevent your car being stolen

Install an engine immobiliser and ensure it is activated when your car is not in use

Do not leave valuables in sight in your car

Always lock your vehicle and secure windows when away from your car

Do not hide a spare key in your car, even if you think it is well concealed

Park in well-lit, secure areas at night

Never leave your engine running while you are away from your car

Use off-street parking where available

Keep your keys in a secure location when the vehicle is parked at home or work.

RACQ tips for keeping your home and contents secure

Have a routine that everyone in your home follows to check locks and switch on alarms when the house is left unoccupied.

Don't assume balcony doors or high windows are safe to leave unlocked.

Store easy-to-carry, expensive items away and out of sight.

Don't leave doors or windows open.

Don't leave car keys and wallets beside open windows or doors.

Use deadlocks when you leave the house.

Arrange for someone to collect your mail or ask the post office to hold it until you return.

Lock your meter box to prevent thieves tampering with your power supply.



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