Several burglaries were reported in Mount Isa this week, but police are hesitant to suggest a rise in crime.
Senior Sergeant Renee Hanrahan says the evidence indicates offenders are making entries through screen doors and sliding doors, and targeting easily portable items such as bicycles, alcohol, tablets and mobile phones.
Sergeant Hanrahan said in many incidents dwellings were unlocked and in the majority of unlawful entry of motor vehicle instances, the vehicles were also unlocked.
“Unfortunately it is something that a lot of people miss, and we would ask that people remain vigilant with their home security. We encourage them to ensure that all dwellings and vehicles are locked, and to keep an eye on neighbouring properties,” Sergeant Hanrahan said.
“We’re also coming through a period where a lot of people have been away, businesses haven’t been trading, which provides opportunities for people to target locations,” she said.
Police have increased patrols to the affected area, and have solved a number of the crimes reported.
If you see suspicious persons or activity, call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.