Po­lice say creepy tac­tic is on the rise

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FRASER Coast po­lice have warned res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant about “sneak breaks” this hol­i­day sea­son as crim­i­nals en­ter through un­se­cured doors to rob homes.

It comes af­ter a spike of breakins across the re­gion, with one Mary­bor­ough home al­legedly held up by a trio with base­ball bats.

A SPATE of “sneak breaks” across the Fraser Coast has prompted po­lice to urge res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant and keep doors locked even when they are home.

The warn­ing comes just weeks af­ter po­lice re­ported a spike in break-ins over the hol­i­day sea­son.

Her­vey Bay Po­lice Senior Con­sta­ble Tom MacKin­non said the “sneak breaks”, where of­fend­ers gain en­try through un­se­cured doors or en­trances, were in­creas­ingly hap­pen­ing while res­i­dents were home.

He said these break-ins were spread across the re­gion.

“Many bur­glars are op­por­tunis­tic by na­ture mean­ing that if we are ex­tra vig­i­lant in keep­ing doors and win­dows locked we can re­duce the chances of be­ing vic­tim to these of­fences,” Sr Cst MacKin­non said.

“We have a few hot months ahead so now is a good time to get in the habit of lock­ing screen doors and clos­ing win­dows in rooms which are not in use.”

Since De­cem­ber 6, there have been at least 17 break and en­ters across Her­vey Bay alone.

Five oc­curred be­tween Craig­nish and Dun­dowran while an­other five were re­ported in Eli Wa­ters.

Four were re­ported in Uran­gan, three in Torquay and oth­ers oc­curred in Scar­ness and Kawun­gan.

In Mary­bor­ough, of the lat­est break-ins led to the ar­rest of three young adults who al­legedly men­aced peo­ple in­side a home with a base­ball bat at the week­end.

Of­fi­cers were called to an ad­dress in Bryant St about 8pm on Fri­day.

Po­lice al­lege the vic­tims were threat­ened with a base­ball bat and had their mo­bile phones and some of their clothes stolen.

A 21-year-old man and two women aged 19 and 20 were ar­rested on Satur­day and charged with rob­bery.

All three will face Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court to­day.

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