Wreck­ers tar­geted

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT vic­to­ria. nu­gent@ news. com. au

THIEVES are push­ing wreck­ing busi­nesses to break­ing point, pulling off or­gan­ised heists and tak­ing off with thou­sands of dol­lars in parts.

Part­ing­ton 4WD Wreck­ers on Ing­ham Rd has been bro­ken into about 20 times this year with more than $ 30,000 worth of parts stolen.

Owner Michael Abra­ham said the Gar­butt in­dus­trial area was “un­der siege” by thieves and more po­lice pa­trols were needed to de­ter them.

“This last four weeks we’ve had five times that they’ve cut the fence and come into the yard and taken goods,” he said. “Out here the Gar­butt in­dus­trial area is vir­tu­ally aban­doned at night by the po­lice ser­vice.

“The po­lice force per­haps fund­ing for more ac­tive pa­trols.”

Tyres, wheels, winches, doors, en­gine parts and ra­dios have been stolen.

Se­cu­rity alarms can be heard go­ing off in the area on a nightly ba­sis and the reg­u­lar thefts are putting a fi­nan­cial strain on busi­nesses.

North­ern Re­gion As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Tay­lor said they would be vis­it­ing busi­nesses this week to dis­cuss so­lu­tions and in­creas­ing the po­lice pres­ence in the area.

Out here the

Gar­butt in­dus­trial area is vir­tu­ally aban­doned at night by the po­lice

ser­vice

MICHAEL ABRA­HAM

need

“We are aware of a spate of break and en­ters in that area,” he said. “Peo­ple are prey­ing on peo­ple who own busi­nesses in our com­mu­nity and for some of them al­ready do­ing it tough, the last thing they need is some­one break­ing in and re­duc­ing their prof­its.

“We will work with them to take rea­son­able steps so they can se­cure their busi­nesses and we’ll make sure we match that by pa­trolling and try­ing to pre­vent those types of things oc­cur­ring.”

Busi­ness own­ers have in­creased their se­cu­rity and in­stalled more cam­eras but it has done lit­tle. Mr Abra­ham said not even eight cam­eras had stopped the break- ins.

“The other night the amount of gear they took, they would have had to have been here three to four hours,” he said.

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