Cops warn of Christmas crime
POLICE are handing out a less-than-festive message in the lead up to Christmas to try to curb the traditional spike in yuletide crime.
Bundaberg Police District Crime Prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Janet Lindsay said while Santa and his little helpers liked to give this Christmas, there were many out there who would not give a second thought to taking your property.
Police will issue 25 advent calendar-style messages in the hope people will not make themselves a target for opportunistic thieves.
“Usually opportunistic theft is the main one because people are in holiday mode,” she said.
“People leave their doors or windows unlocked and property lying around on the table like wallets and laptops.
“Those are the sorts of things that people are taking.”
She said residents were also leaving cars unlocked and valuables in sight.
“If you don't leave the property in the car it might not get stolen,” she said.
She said if people were in their backyard they should lock their front door and if they were in the front yard, lock their back door.
“During school holidays there tends to be an increase of kids going to people's doors and asking for a drink or to use the phone,” she said.
“While they are doing this there might be someone else around the back.”
Other Christmas messages include building site security, which prompts tradesmen to install goods straight way so they are not left lying around. It also asks tradesmen to secure their tools and mark or engrave them for identification.
Rural residents will be asked to fit doors, windows and sheds with locks and reminded to lock up while away.
Snr Const. Lindsay said people withdrawing money from ATMs should be aware of who is around them and to ensure their PIN is kept safe.