POLICE have been breaking in their boots over the last few months by walking the beat along Blackwater streets.
Police are aware that there has been an increase in property offences, with mostly vehicles being targeted.
It appears that the majority of offences are opportunistic, whereby offenders are gaining access to vehicles which are unlocked.
Whilst nobody has the right to enter somebody else's vehicle whether it be locked or unlocked, the community can reduce their chances of being a victim of crime by locking their cars.
Police aspire to work in partnership with the Blackwater community to prevent property offences from occurring.
To accomplish this, police have been checking vehicles to ensure they are locked and alerting people if their vehicle is unsecured. Most people mistakenly believe they had locked their car and it is only when advised by police that they discover their property was vulnerable.
Additionally Blackwater police have not only been checking vehicles during foot and vehicle patrols, they have also been on the lookout for suspicious persons.
This policing strategy resulted in the identification of a suspect for property offences. After further investigations by detectives from Blackwater Criminal Investigation Branch it was alleged a 15-year-old male was involved. He has been charged with the following offences:
11 x Enter premises and commit indictable offence (relating to vehicles).
2 x Unlawful entry of vehicle for committing indictable offence.
1 x Trespass- Entering or remaining in dwelling or yard.
1 x Possession of implements that was being or was to be used in relation to particular offences.
The juvenile has been dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Blackwater police are continuing investigations and expect to identify further suspects in the attempt to resolve this issue within the community.
Blackwater police are requesting the continued support from the community in reporting suspicious behaviour to police immediately and also discouraging opportunistic offending by securing your property.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
For more information visit http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/rockhampton/2016/11/09/police-walking-beat-protect-property-blackwater/
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