Safe home precautions
AS the Christmas season draws near, Mareeba Police are urging residents to ensure their house is secure before leaving to start their holidays.
Tablelands Crime Prevention Coordinator Senior Constable Aleda Day said there are some simple tips that could be a deterrent for thieves.
“Install electrical light timers so it looks like people are home, and ensure external doors and windows are locked,” she said.
“Make sure any electronic garage door remotes are disabled in case they are found.
“If you can, have a house sitter or talk to your neighbours about collecting your mail and collecting your garbage bin.”
Senior Constable Day said people should be alert but not alarmed.
“You should be aware of what is happening around your house but you should not feel like you are living in a jail cell in your own home,” she said.
“People born and raised in Mareeba see it still as a small country town. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if it is Mareeba, Brisbane, Sydney or Mt Molloy thieves are opportunistic and it is not necessarily someone in town.”
Senior Constable Day said the Christmas period has people coming through the town and if they see a chance they may take it.
“If the mailbox is overflowing with letters, it will be a chance for thieves,” she said.
“If it can be avoided do not leave spare keys hidden in pot plants. If it cannot be avoided, think outside the box and do not leave them in the usual places.”
Senior Constable Day said Neighbourhood Watch would be holding a stall at the Mareeba markets, outside the Heritage Centre tomorrow.
“They will be handing out home security pack which people can go through themselves or have someone from neighbourhood watch go through them,” she said.
“Neighbourhood Watch have launched an e-watch Facebook page, website and blog which will be up and running in the new year.”
She said the e-watch was for information, if there was an emergency or crime you should ring 000. If reporting a crime ring Policelink 131444 or Crime Stoppers 1800333000.
Tablelands Crime Prevention Coordinator Senior Constable Aleda Day urges people to secure their homes using the Neighbourhood Watch home security audit which will be handed out at the Mareeba Markets tomorrow at the Neighbourhood Watch stall.