Laidback Warwick lifestyle luring criminals to town
POLICE are concerned the "relaxed" attitude of the Rose City could be contributing to the rising number of break and enters reported in past months.
Last weekend alone, fourbreak-ins were recorded, including to Maggie Shannon's Canning St house.
Ms Shannon was out of town when her house sitter reported someone had kicked in her door and ransacked her property, stealing valuable items including jewellery, computers, money, phones and a gold watch.
For Ms Shannon, who was on the Sunshine Coast for the shock funeral of her 16-year-old nephew, the events had left her shattered.
"I bought my jewellery from all around the world, it has great sentimental value, there were diamonds," she said.
"I left in such a hurry [to the funeral] and in an emotional state, I'd normally take them with me.
"I've lived in a lot of places, I thought Warwick was a safe place and never thought this would happen here," she said.
Ms Shannon said the act was especially despicable, considering the town was already struggling.
"From my point of view, the people of this town are suffering enough ... and to think scumbags go around and do that," she said.
Acting officer-in-charge Shane Reid said the spate of break-ins, which also occurred in Myrtle Ave, Pratten St, and Ruston St, were definitely higher than normal for the Rose City, and blamed the increase on out of town thieves.
"We've had, of late, offenders from other nearby towns that have come to Warwick and attended a spate of property offences," he said.
"Over the last 12 months, we've seen a higher rate of offenders not from Warwick coming to Warwick. It's becoming more common.
"It's always a worry, you look at Warwick and anyone can steal a car, do four to five break-ins and leave."
Sergeant Reid said police weren't ruling out the possibility the incidents were related and warned residents to be vigilant.
"At this stage, we have no confirmation that they're linked, however, with a number of break and enters in a short time, history shows they may be the same offenders," he said.
"We're used to a relaxed country style of living, we don't live in suburbs in Brisbane where there's extremely high rates of crime, but unfortunately if they don't be vigilant, the opportunity will be taken up by offenders and what we're seeing is easy break and enter offences being committed."
The slew follows a case last month where two teenagers drove to Warwick to commit a series of break-ins.