Thieves target empty homes, sheds in rural theft blitz

EMPTY houses and sheds are being targeted by would-be thieves north of Toowoomba, prompting a warning from police to landowners to lock up their properties.

Crows Nest police Senior Constable Greg Porter said there had been an increase in the number of rural properties being targeted after landowners leave the area, particularly during school holidays.

"The main thing is they (thieves) are targeting properties that are unoccupied," Snr Const. Porter said.

"We don't know if they are local or transient people (doing the break and enters).

"There are a lot of weekenders here and on a lot of properties. The farmers come up only every once in a while."

Snr Const. Porter urged landowners to lock their homes and sheds and secure valuable items.

"The message is about locking houses and sheds and removing anything of value from their yards," he said.

Anyone with information should contact Crows Nest police on 4698 1420, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444.



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