Of­fi­cers shut the door on thieves

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

A PO­LICE op­er­a­tion aimed at shin­ing a light on the im­por­tance of home and ve­hi­cle se­cu­rity has led to a 22 per cent drop in un­law­ful use of mo­tor ve­hi­cles and bur­glar­ies in the Smith­field re­gion.

Af­ter an in­crease in soft break-ins on the North­ern Beaches in re­cent months, Smith­field Po­lice im­ple­mented Op­er­a­tion Rol­ladoor in an ef­fort to make the area safer.

Of­fi­cer in charge of Smith­field po­lice, Se­nior Sergeant Ed Lukin, said crews had lo­cated about 42 rol­ladoors open dur­ing pa­trols since the new op­er­a­tion com­menced.

“Just this week­end, I man­aged to lo­cate two homes with their rol­ladoors open,” he said.

“On both oc­ca­sions the oc­cu­pants were not only amazed we were out pa­trolling and check­ing homes, they were very grate­ful we were the ones that found the doors and not un­wanted in­trud­ers.

“While we are out in the com­mu­nity work­ing hard to keep ev­ery­one safe, we just ask that ev­ery­one takes some ex­tra pre­cau­tions around their homes to lock up to make it hard for op­por­tunis­tic thieves to ac­cess homes and steal valu­ables such as cars, keys, phones, wal­lets and the like.”

Since the launch of Op­er­a­tion Rol­ladoor, Smith­field po­lice have recorded a 22 per cent fall in crimes com­pared to the same time last year.

“It just goes to show, with a greater aware­ness of home and ve­hi­cle se­cu­rity we can all do our bit to keep the com­mu­nity safe,” Sen-Sgt Lukin said.

“Com­mu­nity members are en­cour­aged to call po­lice and let us know what is hap­pen­ing in the com­mu­nity so we can ad­dress is­sues be­fore they es­ca­late.”

The Smith­field polic­ing di­vi­sion takes in the North­ern Beaches north of the Bar­ron River at Machans Beach to the Rex Look­out at Wangetti Beach, up the Ku­randa Range to the Henry Ross Look­out and along the Western Ar­te­rial Rd to the Bar­ron River Bridge at Kamerunga and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

If you or some­one you know has been tar­geted by thieves, con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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SAFE HANDS: This tiny kit­ten was res­cued from a bin and is now be­ing cared for by Lit­tle Black Cat Res­cue; the group will host an adop­tion day in Gor­don­vale on March 31.

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