Operation set to tackle spike in thefts from cars

Maryborough Police Sergeant Brian Hansen with items he says are the most common valuables left in cars that can attract the attention of opportunistic thieves.

With the rate of thefts from vehicles skyrocketing in the region over the past 12 months, local police are urging residents to lock their cars and keep valuables out of site as part of a new operation.

Police members will be con- ducting checks of parked vehicles to see if they are unlocked over the next month as part of Operation Horoscope, with Maryborough Police Sergeant Brian Hansen encouraging the community not to become complacent when it comes to security.

“We have conducted these checks in the region before and considering the rise over the past 12 months and now being a high risk period, police are putting the call out to the community again,” he said.

So far in 2017, 56 theft from vehicles offences have occurred in the region, an increase of 250 percent on the 2016 statistics of 16 incidents.

“We are seeing an increase in these incidents and it is really important that people are vigilant and don’t become complacent,” he said.

“As members do the checks, if we find a car that is unlocked, we will send a notice to the registered owner to advise them that the vehicle was unlocked and give them advice. There will be no penalties attached to that,” he said.

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