Residents on notice after spate of thefts
POLICE are investigating up to 40 offences this month involving thefts from cars with items targeted including property, fuel and licence plates.
Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Glenn Cameron said opportunist thieves were particularly taking advantage of unlocked cars.
"Bundaberg police have noticed an increase in offences where vehicles have been broken into and property stolen," he said.
"Police are urging members of the community to be mindful of their own personal and public property safety and urge them to lock their vehicles when they're not being occupied.
"Police have noticed in around the CBD and a few of the outer lying suburbs have seen and increase in these offences but we urge all members of the community to ensure their vehicles are locked at all times.
"We have notice the majority of offences have been committed as what seems like crimes of opportunity where they are targeting cars that are unlocked."
Suburbs targeted include Avenell Heights, Bargara, Thabeban and Bundaberg Central and Neighbourhood Watch Far East 8 coordinator Allan Taylor said the advice they gave to members and all residents was to always lock your car and remove valuables even if you were only going to be away from the car for seconds.
"It doesn't matter where you are, you never know who is around and it only takes a moment for someone to take an easy opportunity," he said.