Creeps lurking in our streets
WARNING to all Coffs Coast residents: groups of thieves are on the prowl, preying on local residents’ need for ventilation during this week’s hot spell, creeping into homes while occupants sleep.
There are reports of a host of break-ins and cat burglaries across Coffs Harbour since temperatures rose last week.
Homes at Diggers Beach and Korora have been targetted in recent days, readers have told us.
Five apartments along Five Islands Drive, above Pacific Bay, were broken into early on Monday morning as residents slept, with tens of thousands of dollars worth of property stolen.
One of the home owners in the gated community said cash, wallets, car keys, mobile phones, handbags and electronic devices were taken after thieves forced entry by jemmying a bi-fold door.
Police are investigating and forensic officers have dusted for fingerprints.
Another home owner reported a string of break-ins and attempts in the Diggers Beach and Korora areas late last week and over the weekend.
The string of break-ins follows a police community vigilance campaign during crime week where officers manned a stall at Bunnings warning local shoppers to safeguard their homes.
“Before leaving your home make sure the windows are shut and doors are locked, and that’s the same with your vehicle,” Coffs Clarence Crime Prevention Officer Daniel Dunn said.
Senior Constable Dunn said crime statistics showed the rate of home and car break-ins rose during warmer months.
“As the weather warms up in a beautiful place like Coffs Harbour, the population tends to swell and we get a lot of holiday people in. When you’re in holiday mode, you don’t really think about security.”
The September Bureau of Crime Statistics report showed that stealing from motor vehicles rose by 45.9 per cent in Coffs Harbour.
From July 2013 to June this year, Bellingen had 141 reported break-ins to homes and the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area 1975 reported break and enters to homes – 485 of which occurred during July 2017 to July this year.
Report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
LOCK UP: Burglars are creeping into homes on the Coffs Coast, as residents leave windows open and doors ajar during the current hot spell.