Reward offered to nab construction criminals
HIGH-profile Rockhampton builder Scott Kilpatrick is offering a reward for information on a graffiti tag as crime spikes at housing estates under construction.
Mr Kilpatrick, Affordable Quality Homes director, says the current crime wave at local housing constructions sites, particularly Chancellors Estate, was the worst he'd seen in the 21 years he has operated in the region.
Mr Kilpatrick said thieves and vandals were attacking his construction site (Chancellors) every three days.
"When it started out, they were kicking holes in walls," he said.
"Then, they were stealing anything not hammered down."
Mr Kilpatrick said one house had its door smashed five times.
On Sunday night, Mr Kilpatrick said thieves climbed up through the manhole and stole light fittings.
He said on the weekend, vandals sprayed graffiti tags on internal building walls.
And now he's offering a $200 reward for the person who identifies this tag leading to a successful conviction.
Meanwhile, officer in charge of the North Rockhampton police station, Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll says there has been a noticeable increase in these crimes in the past four weeks.
However, not all incidents were reported to police with Snr Sgt Carroll suggesting the main reason being such reports were made for insurance purposes and in most cases, the insurance excess exceeded the cost to replace stolen items or repair the damage.
Snr Sgt Carroll said members of the public had been reporting suspicious vehicles, which had helped police, and police patrols were being undertaken as often as possible.
"We are asking builders to buy hidden cameras and install them on their building sites," he said.
Snr Sgt Carroll said there were cameras on the market for a couple of hundred dollars, some taking images when activated and sending them to mobile phones.