Detective Sergeant Ben Fadian warns people to lock up their houses against unwanted visitors after a spate of break-ins in the past few days.
Detective Sergeant Ben Fadian warns people to lock up their houses against unwanted visitors after a spate of break-ins in the past few days. Scottie Simmonds

Spate of break-ins scares residents

POLICE have pleaded with people to lock up after thieves broke into nine Bundaberg homes in just two days.

The crooks took advantage of unlocked doors in eight of the nine break-ins and in some cases, the residents had been at home while crimes took place.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigations Branch Detective Sergeant Ben Fadian said the best way to keep opportunistic thieves at bay was simply to lock doors and windows.

“The offenders appear to have been going into unlocked houses, even when people are inside,” Det Sgt Fadian said.

“These break-ins are usually occurring in the afternoon and evening.”

He said the main areas being targeted were Walkervale, Avenell Heights and Svensson Heights.

The break-ins occurred on Dr Mays Road, Burnett, Tobruk, High, Walker, Targo, Hurst, Moran and Hanbury streets. Four were reported on Sunday, three on Monday and two yesterday.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said Bundaberg residents could take easy steps to prevent the crimes, including getting to know their neighbours and always ensuring their homes were secure.

“We see a lot of this in Bundaberg throughout the year,” he said.

“The violation of someone's house while they are home does make it worse.

“The intention in these cases is to steal easily accessible property but these situations can escalate very quickly if they are disturbed.

“There have been some instances where intruders have been disturbed by the occupants.” Insp Guteridge said easily accessible and movable items had been stolen, including cash, alcohol, tobacco and jewellery.

“We ask people to remain vigilant with their security,” Insp Guteridge said.

So far, none of the intruders in these cases has been caught.

Anyone with information on these crimes can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or contact Bundaberg Police by telephoning 4153 9111.



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