Key way to stop car theft

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TESS IKONOMOU tess. ikonomou@ news. com. au

PO­LICE have de­fended telling Townsville res­i­dents to hide their car keys at night to stop their ve­hi­cles be­ing stolen.

Townsville As­sis­tant Dis­trict Of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve Munro said po­lice ad­vised peo­ple not to keep their keys in “clear vi­sion” be­cause it made it eas­ier for a would- be thief to steal a car.

Speak­ing at the an­nounce­ment of a new po­lice beat in the Up­per Ross yes­ter­day, Supt Munro de­nied sug­ges­tions it was an un­fair ex­pec­ta­tion on the com­mu­nity.

“You need to take steps where you put your keys some­where where they’re not in clear vi­sion be­cause the ev­i­dence is clearly there,” he said.

“There are some dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple who break into houses, who steal the cars.

“That’s their only aim, that’s their ex­cite­ment and it cre­ates a whole range of so­cial prob­lems not just for the po­lice but for the com­mu­nity.

“So our mes­sage is very clear about your house and car.

“Make sure you have your car keys some­where se­cure.”

Burdekin MP Dale Last said peo­ple had the right to feel safe in their own homes.

“There’s no ques­tion crime preven­tion goes hand- in- hand with ef­fec­tive polic­ing, but if some­one is go­ing to break into your home that’s the is­sue,” Mr Last said.

“The con­cern is whether our po­lice have the re­sources at the mo­ment to ad­e­quately pre­vent and ad­dress crime as it is. There is no bet­ter de­ter­rent than a vis­i­ble po­lice pres­ence.

“The Pre­mier promised 53 new po­lice of­fi­cers for Townsville and we’ll hold her to that.”

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said he had been lob­by­ing the Po­lice Min­is­ter, Mark Ryan, in or­der to gain more re­sources.

“I’ll back our po­lice ev­ery day of the week to de­liver more po­lice like we’re do­ing to­day into a growth area such as the Up­per Ross,” he said.

“As the Po­lice Min­is­ter knows, I am con­stantly talk­ing to him about back­ing our lo­cal po­lice here in Townsville.”

The “su­per beat”, which will ab­sorb the Kelso and Ras­mussen po­lice beats, will open early next year.

Supt Munro said a trial of com­bin­ing beats showed im­proved re­sults.

“We com­bined the Kelso and the Ras­mussen po­lice beats to­gether and we brought some ad­di­tional of­fi­cers in,” Supt Munro said.

“It was highly suc­cess­ful and re­duced calls for ser­vice. We were more ef­fi­cient and ba­si­cally we were meet­ing those com­mu­nity needs and see­ing a re­duc­tion in some re­portable crime.”

BEAT GOES ON: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Greg Raynor and Con­sta­ble Chris Co­hen at the new Ras­mussen po­lice beat. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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