LOCK IT: As part of the new Lock it or Lose it campaign, Emerald Police have been checking the security of vehicles in the hopes to reduce the number of thefts.  Photo Kaitlyn Gutzke / CQ News
LOCK IT: As part of the new Lock it or Lose it campaign, Emerald Police have been checking the security of vehicles in the hopes to reduce the number of thefts. Photo Kaitlyn Gutzke / CQ News Kaitlyn Gutzke EME200912lockit1

Police push ‘lock it or lose it’ for prevention

OPPORTUNISTIC thieves are the suspected perpetrators of three break-ins at the weekend.

Warwick police reported money and valuables were taken from two unlocked cars on Fitzroy St and Weewondilla Rd between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Another car was stolen from a Grafton St home about 4am on Saturday after thieves entered the unlocked house and took the keys. Credit cards left in the car had since been used.

Warwick crime prevention officer Wendy Brooks said the three break-ins had followed suspicious activity in the area.

“Leading up to these offences there were reports of people doorknocking and posing as tradesmen doing house maintenance to scope out the area,” Senior Constable Brooks said.

“These offenders are targeting unlocked houses and vehicles because they’re easy targets, but this is such a preventable offence so we are emphasising to people to lock it or lose it.

“The impact on police resources is huge – it takes two seconds for people to ensure they’ve locked their home or car compared to the minimum four and a half hours it takes for an investigation of unlawful entry.

“I think that laid back country attitude needs to change, unfortunately we no longer have the luxury of leaving things unlocked.”

Snr Const Brooks said door-to-door scams were a known tactic for thieves to scout out an area.

She said people needed to be vigilant about reporting anything suspicious to police.

“If you see or hear something suspicious, alert police – we are out on patrol and we are a 24-hour station,” she said.

“If you know your neighbour, let them know. We would prefer to have false alarms than something more serious later, and it alerts us to be active in that area.

“People should call 000 in an emergency or Policelink (131444) when a crime has happened.”

For tips on personal and home safety, phone Warwick police station on 46604444.



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