Police call for residents to lock up rural properties following “opportunistic” thefts

Maryborough Police are urging people with rural properties to secure their holiday homes following a spate of thefts by “opportunistic thieves” in the region.

There has been a number of recent burglaries on bushland and semi-rural properties in the Mary- borough, Dunolly and Goldsborough area, according to Central Goldfields Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Brendan Rooney.

“At the moment, homeowners are less likely to be using their weekend holiday properties,” he said.

“We have seen some opportunistic thieves take advantage of the situation by targeting these empty properties.

“We know that this type of offending is often opportunistic with

thieves entering homes through open or unlocked doors and windows.”

Det Sen Con Rooney said police will have a highly visible presence in the community and continue to proactively target known hotspots and patrol local areas in an effort to detect, disrupt and apprehend offenders.

Police urge any witnesses or anyone with information in relation to the recent break-ins to please contact Maryborough CIU or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersvic. com.au.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, April 7

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