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Man’s warning after terrifying attempt to rob car

DRIVERS BEWARE: Matt Griffiths witnessed two men attempt to open the boot of a car waiting at the lights on the intersection of Bourbong and Maryborough streets late one night. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
DRIVERS BEWARE: Matt Griffiths witnessed two men attempt to open the boot of a car waiting at the lights on the intersection of Bourbong and Maryborough streets late one night. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A WITNESS to a possible car-jacking has warned motorists to ensure their cars are locked when driving at night, following the incident in the "troublesome" part of the CBD.

Matt Griffiths was on his way home at about 10pm on Wednesday night when he came to a stop behind a few other cars at the traffic lights, at the intersection of Bourbong and Maryborough Sts.

Mr Griffiths said he spotted two men lurking in the shadows near Post Office Lane, who quickly proceeded to run out onto the road and tried to open the boot of an SUV that was being driven by a woman.

"When the headlights hit them they shot off down the alley way," he said.

"I've never seen anything like it before."

Mr Griffiths said before he could check on the woman's welfare, the lights then turned green so he pulled over on Bourbong St to call 000.

"What a fantastic place for people who are up to no good to lurk and wait for the lights to go red," he said.

He said he was gravely concerned for the safety of motorists who may find themselves in a similar frightening situation.

"It certainly made me think about what goes on at night," he said.

"It's quite often a troublesome part of town around there."

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Mr Griffith said the area around Post Office Lane was poorly lit and gave opportunistic crooks the perfect place to prey on the unsuspecting.

"By the time you'd get out of your car you'd probably never catch them," he said.

"I won't be going anywhere near that part of town at night without my doors locked."

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Mick Ward said while the incident was reported to police, incidents like what Mr Griffiths said he witnessed were "unusual".

"Reports of such incidents are isolated and there's no endemic issue here in Bundaberg that we are aware of," he said.

Bundaberg Deputy Mayor Dave Batt said Post Office Lane had street lighting at each end and alone the lane.

"Council regularly discusses with local police any areas of concern including the installation of CCTV cameras in problem areas that may be able to assist the QPS with their duties," he said.

"Throughout those discussions, Post Office Lane has never been raised as an area of concern."

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