Thieves target unlocked rooms, cars at motels and shops
THIEVES are currently active break and entering into unlocked Motel rooms and vehicles parked in Motel areas and shopping centre carparks throughout Rockhampton.
Property targeted includes: cash, wallets and purses, cameras, CDs, laptops, MP3s, sunglasses, loose change, fishing gear and tools.
Safety Strategies to Reduce the Risks of Theft at Motels and Parking Sites:
Motel anti-theft tips:
- Always lock your doors and windows.
- Beware of balconies where someone can climb from one to another and enter through an open window or sliding door.
- When in the room, use the door chain, swing bar, night latch or other internal door locking controls to prevent unannounced access.
- Do not leave keys in the main door.
- If the room has a breakfast delivery hatch, make sure it is secure. Do not leave your car keys, money or valuables near it.
- Ground floor rooms are more vulnerable to crime problems because of ease of access and escape.
- Rooms adjacent to stairs are more at risk from intruders because they use them for escape.
- Identify any visitors before opening the door - use peephole if provided, otherwise ask who it is. Do not open the door and rely on chains or swing bars to prevent intruder access - these are usually weak security devices.
Motel security tips
- Never leave your handbag / wallet visible in your unit.
- Do not keep excess money in the unit or vehicle.
- Do not leave cash or credit cards visible in the unit or vehicle.
- Always lock your vehicle.
- Always place any valuables in a safe place - many hotels and motels provide personal deposit box services in the reception safe, or in room lock-boxes.
Due to thieves breaking into motel rooms to steal vehicle keys and property, owners are advised to:
- Lock your vehicle.
- Close all windows.
- Remove valuables from view.
- Keep car keys out of sight.
The same also applies to vehicles parked in public carparks, parked in the street or even in your driveway. Lock it or lose it!
Please be vigilant and make the necessary adjustments to your security arrangements.
If you have been the victim of a property crime but the offenders have left, ring Policelink on 131 444 to report it.
Police urge all residents to be vigilant with the security of their property. By ensuring homes and vehicles are locked and property secured it will decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of an opportunist crime.
Police encourage members of the public to report any suspicious behaviour.