Security is ‘abysmal’
MONTO’S on themap of criminal minds. The bowling club was recently broken into for the second time in as many months and Monto Home Design also fell victim.
Monto police SergeantWerner Crous said the offenders were most likely targeting certain buildings to see what was in them and later returning to take items of value.
He added the town’s “abysmal to non-existent” security made it a criminal’s heaven.
“Part of the problem is Monto is a highway town and since the 2011 floods – plus major works on the BruceHwy– many people have discovered the Burnett is an alternate route,” Sgt Crous said.
“With more people travelling through, there is more chance of criminally-minded people investigating the town’s potential for theft.
“The bowling club was broken into earlier in the year and not much was taken, but this time there was close to $4000 stolen.
“They had obviously worked out when the best time was to do the crime.”
Sgt Crous urged locals to be more proactive than reactive and said Bundaberg had a big problem with unlawful car entry, which he said could “head inland” to Monto.
He said a simple piece of advice for businesses was to install an eye-height camera, particularly near sought-after targets, such as cigarettes.
Other crime prevention measures include keeping cars and houses locked when unattended.
DAMAGE: Monto Bowling Club’s store room has been broken into twice this year and security in the town is becoming an issue.