A HERVEY Bay police operation targeting stealing and break-ins from homes has paid off with a drastic reduction in offences.
Since the end of February, police have been using all of their crime-fighting tools including quad bikes, car and foot patrols to target break-in hotspots.
Hervey Bay Police Acting Senior Sergeant Darryn Morris said the intelligence driven operation 'Mike Chord' had been successful.
"Back in February and March we were averaging between 12 and 16 unlawful entry offences a week," he said.
"Last week, we've now successfully dropped that down to six for the week.
"We've had a definite decrease and this operation is making a difference."
The quad bikes, which were donated by the Hervey Bay Boat Club a few years ago, have been a law-enforcement tool on beaches and in the suburbs helping to catch thieves.
"We've charged them with property offences in relation to fraud, burglary and unlawful entry," Snr Sgt Morris said.