Never-ending fight on property crime
‘WHO would break into a child care centre?’. That’s what dozens of parents were asking when they brought their kids to an Andergrove centre last month to discover it had been broken into.
Two windows had been smashed, the premises trashed and money stolen.
However, it’s not an isolated incident.
“We put our heart and soul into business,” a shattered business owner said after a burglar stole two of his company trucks and a swag of equipment before fleeing.
Small business owners, who are struggling as it is, home-owners and even community groups have been victims of property crime this year.
Mackay City Bowls Club on Shakespeare St was literally left picking up the pieces after a clubhouse window was smashed last month.
President Vince McSherry said there was only so much an owner could do to protect their premises, adding “but that’s society these days”.
“In the middle of the night it’s very difficult to keep people away if they are desperate to get in,” he said. “That’s very sad to know.” In the past financial year there were 1392 reported cases of unlawful entry.
Mackay Police District Superintendent Bruce McNab encourages people to continue to prevent break-ins through non-complacency.
“We can still make it hard for people who want to take property away from us, by locking our cars, by making sure we are not leaving keys in our vehicles, and locking our houses, even when we are home,” he said.
Boys and girls aged 10-14 are most likely to commit unlawful entry offences in the Central Police Region, according to the annual Queensland statistical review for 2016/17.