Unlocked cars too inviting

YOU may as well put a large bullseye on your vehicle to attract criminals if you leave your car unlocked.

That is the message from a frustrated Yeppoon police Senior Sergeant after thieves got into 10 vehicles that were left unlocked early Thursday morning and stole wallets, cash and electronics.

The 10 vehicles were entered in the Causeway, Mulambin and Lammermoor Beach areas between 12.02am and 6am.

Officer-in-charge of the Yeppoon station Senior Sergeant Max Bennett said he was amazed people were still leaving their vehicles unlocked after an extensive media campaign and letter drops in the region.

“People have to start being responsible for looking after their property and ensuring vehicles are secured,” he said.

“Police will be increasing patrols in the Mulambin and Lammermoor areas, but we need public assistance to apprehend these offenders.”

Anyone who has seen suspect people or vehicles in the area are to report them to police at the time it occurs.

Where possible they should write down registration numbers and descriptions of the suspect people.

Two utes were also stolen in the early hours of Thursday morning, prompting police to issue another warning for owners to make sure their vehicles were locked when parked overnight.

Both were tradesmen's vehicles containing valuable tools and equipment.

One ute was taken from outside a house in Allenstown, Rockhampton, while a 2011 Ford Falcon ute was taken from Pinnacle Street at Causeway Lake on the Capricorn Coast.

A senior officer at Rockhampton Police Station said there had been a spate of thefts of, and from, vehicles and owners should take keys with them when they went to bed at night.

“It is very difficult to steal a modern vehicle without the key,” he said.

Police are also investigating three reports of vehicles being entered in Emu Park on Wednesday or Thursday.



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