Never-end­ing fight on prop­erty crime

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‘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.

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