Se­cu­rity is ‘abysmal’

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

DAM­AGE: Monto Bowl­ing Club’s store room has been bro­ken into twice this year and se­cu­rity in the town is be­com­ing an is­sue.

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