Creeps lurk­ing in our streets

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Photo: MachineHeadz

LOCK UP: Bur­glars are creep­ing into homes on the Coffs Coast, as res­i­dents leave win­dows open and doors ajar dur­ing the cur­rent hot spell.

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