November 1, 2018
Last Sunday, Kingaroy police officer David Tierney was out walking his dog when he spotted a vehicle parked outside a Kingaroy newsagency.
The door was wide open, the motor was running …
“I hung around for five minutes and no one returned to the vehicle in that time. And it remained like that for the next five minutes,” he said.
It’s behaviour like this which has South Burnett police pulling their hair out.
Senior Sergeant Tierney, the Officer-in-Charge of Kingaroy police station, is bewildered that people are ignoring police pleas to “lock it or lose it” – particularly in light of recent, highly publicised vehicle thefts in the region.
“The majority of unlawful entry offences, either to residences or vehicles in the South Burnett, are opportunistic (not targeted) and are committed on premises/vehicles that are left insecure,” Snr Sgt Tierney said.
“A number are committed whilst people are home.”
Snr Sgt Tierney highlighted two recent incidents:
“In both cases it was opportunistic,” Snr Sgt Tierney said.
“It’s not good enough to say: ‘I was near the vehicle I didn’t think it would get stolen’.
“They WERE stolen and unlike past times luckily no person was injured.
“I don’t think if a member of the community was killed by one of these stolen vehicles it would help ease the pain of their family and friends that the owner didn’t think the vehicle would get stolen.”
Snr Sgt Tierney emphasised that is actually an offence to leave a vehicle insecure ($52 fine).
“I don’t want it to resort to my officers having to issue these type of fines,” he said.
“But I guarantee I could walk down the street now and write numerous fines for this.
“People need to start thinking smarter and make it harder for the criminals.
“Unfortunately we no longer live in a society where we can assume people will respect our property.
“I don’t like it, but if it is good enough for me to secure my property it’s good enough for everyone.”