Vehicles hit by thieves and police push message to lock up

IT only takes a few seconds to lock your car, but Inspector Virginia Nelson said the message hasn't got through to Rockhampton residents.

She said leaving things like phones, wallets or laptops visible in the car was also bound to draw the attention of offenders.

"If you do that, you run the risk of making yourself more vulnerable than the person parked next to you," Insp Nelson said.

Insp Nelson's advice comes after three cars at Stockland Rockhampton were broken into over the weekend.

Sergent Jody Fernie from the Crime Prevention Unit said many people still thought of Rockhampton as a big country town where it was safe to leave their car unlocked.

"We should be able to do that, but in today's time it's not realistic," she said.

When it comes to protecting your home, Sgt Fernie said it wasn't necessary to lock every door and window in the house going into summer.

She said it was important to keep security doors and screens locked.

The police offer free home and business security audits.

Don't be a victim

  • Locked cars will deter opportunistic offenders
  • Hiding valuables will remove any potential reward for determined offenders
  • Don't leave windows down or you could be given a ticket
  • Don't leave garage doors up or equipment like bicycles in visible places outside
  • If you find an offender in your house, don't confront them. Ask them to leave and make a clear path for them to get out. Take note of their appearance and report it to police


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