Volunteering In Policing representative Allen Betts conducts a security inspection on a Kalkie home.
Volunteering In Policing representative Allen Betts conducts a security inspection on a Kalkie home. Max Fleet

Beating burglars

WITH up to a dozen break-ins a week, Bundaberg residents are being urged to take a second look at home security.

You may think it won't happen to you, but for the city's Volunteers In Policing, it's a daily reality.

So the VIPs are auditing homes to help keep thieves out and occupants and possessions safe.

Volunteer Allen Betts said anyone could have a free home security check, during which volunteers provided a priority list of improvements.

But Mr Betts said people were often reluctant to let the team through, despite some already being break-in victims.

He said homes which had been broken into once were more likely to be chosen as a target again.

“One home was broken into three times in three weeks in Gahans Road in the last month,” Mr Betts said.

And the attitude of “it will happen to someone else” is no protection, with Mr Betts saying eight homes were broken into last week.

“Most of the thieves don't give much of a bugger if they get caught and most of the time they don't get caught,” he said.

Kalkie resident, retired builder Arthur Kenna said despite him being security conscious, the Volunteers In Policing brought a number of improvements to his attention.

For more information, contact the Bundaberg Police Station on 4153 9111 or phone the Bundaberg Police State District Crime Prevention co-ordinator on 4153 9004.



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