LOCK UP: Coffs-Clarence Police say residents are making it too easy for thieves to enter their homes.
LOCK UP: Coffs-Clarence Police say residents are making it too easy for thieves to enter their homes. File

Reduce the risk, lock up and join the fight against thieves

REMOVE the risk of your property being broken into and lock up.

As police work hard to clamp down on the number of break and enters at local residences, it has been found half of the properties broken into were unlocked.

Coffs-Clarence LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said while the number of break and enters were down from this time last year, there was still a worrying trend of people leaving property unlocked.

"By securing our premises we can halve the number of break and enters," he said.

"You've got to make sure your house is locked up at all time."

Det Insp Jameson said the heights of units and apartments did little to deter criminals who made their way through unlocked balcony doors.

He said the front and back doors of houses were also targeted and criminals had cut through fly screens.

Det Insp Jameson said police found the most common access points last year were bathroom and laundry windows left ajar for ventilation.

He said window locks were readily available at hardware stores which allowed windows to be opened enough for ventilation purposes but could not allow a person to climb through.

Det Insp Jameson said another deterrent was simply to hide valuables as criminals were opportunists.

By removing the ease of a break and enter opportunity, he said the chance of one happening would be greatly reduced.

"They're opportunists, if they see the opportunity they will steal," Det Insp Jameson said.

Det Insp urged residents to follow this advice to help keep the number of break and enters below last year's figure of 130 in the Christmas period.

"I'm inviting them to join us in the fight over Christmas against break and enters. All they need to be deputised is lock their doors," he said.



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