Burdekin Safer Communities Action Team (BSCAT) is still concerned following a three-month Lock it or Lose it campaign that residents don’t understand the importance of securing vehicles and personal property.
From December 2015 to February 2016 police officers from Ayr and Home Hill checked vehicles parked in areas of the CBD as well as Groper and Wallace Creek boat ramps and Wunjunga Beach.
Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said vehicles found to be secure received an entry ticket into a monthly draw to win a grocery voucher, but unsecure vehicles were given a flyer with tips on how to better keep property safe.
“I’m pleased to report that over the three-month period more than 300 entry tickets were handed out across Ayr and Home Hill, so the message is definitely getting through to most of our residents,” Mr Vaccaro said.
“Unfortunately police found about 20 per cent of vehicles checked were unsecure and more than half of these vehicles had items of interest like cameras, laptops and wallets or purses in clear view.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re parked in the busy CBD, a quiet side street or even in your own driveway or carport, an open window or unlocked door provides an ideal opportunity for thieves.
“You can reduce your risk of becoming an easy target for vehicle and property theft simply by locking up.”
BSCAT will continue to work with local authorities to reinforce the Lock it or Lose it message.
Eight lucky locals were rewarded for locking up during the campaign. December winner David Jackson, January winner Maria Bonanno and February winner Phoebe Thomas each received a grocery voucher and five runners up were awarded free pizza vouchers.
Burdekin BSCAT is a group of state and local government representatives together with business and community representatives who have developed a community partnership approach to crime prevention and community safety.
Burdekin BSCAT provides the opportunity for our local community take positive action to prevent crime and build a safer community. This team is an advisory group to Council.