Be vigilant to keep burglars at bay.
Be vigilant to keep burglars at bay.

Burglaries on rise

A SPIKE in break and enters in our city has prompted a Coffs Harbour police plea for increased vigilance.

Police said there had been a spate of break and enters this week at Diggers Beach and Korora Bay and they have urged residents to be on their guard.

Coffs/Clarence crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Kehani Smith, said people could take simple precautions to reduce property crime.

“Break-ins have an enormous emotional and financial impact,” Const. Smith said.

“A few security measures could prevent the need to replace stolen goods, negotiate with insurers, repair damage and improve security – all of which can be very costly and emotionally draining.

“We advise people to keep front and back screen doors locked, even if they are at home.

“Too often break and enters occur while the residents are home.

“They only become aware they have been a victim when they go to look for their wallet or other valuable items.

“Thieves usually look for cash and property that is easy to carry and sell such things as handbags, jewellery, electrical goods, cameras, laptops, mobile phones, sunglasses, power tools, CDs and computer equipment.

“Avoid leaving these types of goods on the kitchen bench or in open view of windows and doors, especially at night.

“Garden sheds are also popular targets for thieves as they are often unlocked and full of power tools or other valuable items.”

Const. Smith said police could help keep the community safe but they needed public co-operation. “Look out for your neighbours and be extra aware of what is happening in your area,” she said.

For more information, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.

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