Dis­turb­ing sta­tis­tics no sur­prise to Mackay po­lice

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DIS­TURB­ING new fig­ures show that al­most half a mil­lion peo­ple statewide are leav­ing their doors un­locked.

The fin­der.com.au sourced stats show that 453,000 Queens­lan­ders lack locks of some de­scrip­tion on their prop­erty. Al­most 50 per cent don’t have win­dow locks, 38 per cent don’t have dead­bolts, and 12 per cent don’t even have door locks.

Mackay po­lice Act­ing Sergeant Steve Smith said he con­sis­tently hears from of­fi­cers in Mackay that crooks are look­ing for easy, quick and quiet en­try points into homes or busi­nesses.

Po­lice data shows that from May last year un­til now there have been 1546 in­ci­dents of un­law­ful en­try in the Mackay area.

“Typ­i­cally dur­ing night time hours thieves will check front, sides and the back of homes just to find an easy en­try point,” Act­ing Sgt Smith said.

“Once they do they will en­ter, even if a per­son is vis­i­ble sleep­ing nearby. Our mes­sage is a sim­ple one – if your doors and win­dows are locked and se­cured, the thief moves on to the next ad­dress.

“Sim­ple se­cu­rity mea­sures will keep the ma­jor­ity of prop­erty of­fend­ers out of your home – any time of the day.

The fig­ures also in­di­cate that only have of all Queens­lan­ders have a locked garage, and only 14 per cent have alarms on their prop­erty. Twenty-seven per cent utilise a guard dog.

Queens­land is the most lax state for se­cu­rity.

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