Burdekin residents are being reminded to lock up this festive season to prevent opportunistic thieves taking advantage of homes and cars that have been left unlocked.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin urged residents to check how secure their home was and ensure they took all possible measures to prevent their homes and cars becoming targets for thieves.
“I urge all residents to be mindful of home security even when they are home,” she said.
“Let’s make it as hard as possible for thieves to enter your home and steal your property by locking the security door with the key even when you’re home, keeping valuables out of sight and hiding your car keys, this will reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
“If you are going away over the Christmas/New Year period, let your neighbours know and contact the local police so if time permits they can drive by the area while on patrol.
“Make sure your mail is being collected and that your newspaper delivery is cancelled.
“It’s also a good idea to invest in a timer device so you can leave a light or radio on to make it look like you are home.”
Cr McLaughlin said residents who saw anything suspicious in their street should call Police Link on 131 444 or if there was an emergency call 000.
Tips to avoid becoming a target at home:
- Lock all doors and windows
- Observe movements in your street
- Check your home security
- Know your neighbours
- Secure your shed and garage
- Engrave your property
How to protect your motor vehicle:
- Don’t leave the keys in the ignition or in the vehicle
- Secure your vehicle key when not in use
- Always lock doors and close windows when your car is unattended
- Install an effective anti-theft device
- Park your car off the street, preferably in your yard or at a staffed car park
- If parking your car on the street, select a well-lit area
- If you must leave valuables in your car, keep them out of sight
Remember it only takes one minute to lock it or lose it.