Security lack frustrates police

POLICE have warned home and business owners to be vigilant about the security of their possessions after a spike in property crime in Rockhampton during the past two weeks.

CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Darrin Shadlow yesterday issued the warning as authorities grew frustrated by the number of non-security conscious people.

During the past fortnight 37 people have been charged with 70 property crime-related offences in Rockhampton.

Twenty-three of these offenders were juveniles.

Many offences involved unlocked vehicles or valuables left in clear view.

“It's frustrating people are not taking precautions,” Det Snr Sgt Shadlow said. “We want people to be aware of what's going on. He said offenders were also becoming more brazen and entering homes while the owner was inside.

“They are doing distraction type things such as one person might try and engage the homeowner in a conversation while the others will sneak around the back entrance,” Det Snr Sgt Shadlow said.

“If people can be vigilant and keep an eye on their neighbour's property it will help. If you see a juvenile in someone's yard and you think they shouldn't be there try and get a good description of them and their clothing and call police.

“We don't want to strike fear into people.”

He said police were conducting a letter box drop in some neighbourhoods such as Norman Gardens and Park Avenue.

Increased patrols were also operating.

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