Police urge residents to lock up to prevent break-ins

Officers from Brisbane City will be door-knocking and assisting residents in the Red Hill, Paddington and Milton areas over the next week in a bid to prevent property crime.

They will be targeting hot spots and streets where there has been higher than usual theft activity in recent weeks.

Officer in Charge of Brisbane City Station, Senior Sergeant Corey Allen said property crime is always a challenge for police.

“In most instances, house break-ins are crimes of opportunity with entry gained through an open or unlocked door or window,” he said.

“As we move into the warmer months of the year, more doors and windows are left opened, making it irresistible to thieves who seize the opportunity.

“We are urging residents to review the security of their home including locking up storage areas and areas under houses which are often left open.”

Police recommend the following steps to ensure your home is secured:

• Make it as difficult as possible for an offender to gain entry. Install and use key operated locks on doors and windows, and don’t place keys under door mats or in obvious places.

• Install home security alarms and ensure they are functioning.

• Engraving items of value can deter offenders stealing property and can make it easier for police to track down.

Pushbikes, golf clubs and other portable items stored under houses and in unit storage areas are prime targets for offenders.

For more information on securing your home please visit: http://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/homeSecurity/

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

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