Disturbing statistics no surprise to Mackay police
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.