Ru­ral crime ris­ing in pan­demic

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

EIDSVOLD po­lice are warn­ing res­i­dents to be on the look­out for crime dur­ing the coron­avirus pan­demic af­ter three prop­er­ties were hit by thieves.

A no­tice­able in­crease in prop­erty crime has seen sev­eral easy to trans­port items al­legedly stolen from ru­ral prop­er­ties in the area.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Geoff Price said po­lice had been fol­low­ing leads on three in­ci­dences of theft.

“Around April 16-17, three dingo traps were stolen from a prop­erty near Lochaber,” Sen Const Price said.

“Two so­lar pan­els were then stolen from a pad­dock on the Bur­nett Hwy at Mal­moe just last week.”

Tools and weld­ing equip­ment were then stolen from a prop­erty at Aber­corn, ac­cord­ing to Eidsvold po­lice.

Sen Const Price be­lieves thieves are tar­get­ing these res­i­dences in the late hours of the night.

“I’d en­cour­age peo­ple to try and secure their items as best they can, and keep watch of their prop­erty, and neigh­bour­ing homes,” he said.

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