CRUISING: Snr Const Paul Cross and Const Ashleigh Smith will be patrolling Hervey Bay beaches via quadbike following recent thefts.
CRUISING: Snr Const Paul Cross and Const Ashleigh Smith will be patrolling Hervey Bay beaches via quadbike following recent thefts. Eliza Wheeler

Beach theft on the rise in Hervey Bay during school break

BEACH theft is on the rise in Hervey Bay with three victims targeted on different beaches in the past week alone.

Early last week a 69-year-old went for her regular ocean laps only to return to find her bag missing.

Hervey Bay Constable Josh Younie said the victim spoke to witnesses in the area who saw a man with a bike walk down to the rocks near the Torquay Jetty where her bag was left and then return with 'a lump underneath his shirt.' The man was seen riding off on a bike.

The victim discovered her bag about 1km away from where she left it and her house keys and cigarettes were missing.

The incident happened between 10.30am and 11am on Monday.

The same day a woman was taking her child for a swim and when she returned she found $280 in cash missing from her wallet.

On Thursday a backpackers in his 20s went for a swim and returned less than an hour later to find his passport, wallet and keys that were left wrapped in his shirt in the rocks at Scarness Beach gone.

It's believed he had a flight to catch days after.

Const Younie said beach theft was more common this time of the year with young offenders hitting our shorelines.

"Holiday goers and everyday people to be more aware of where they're leaving property,” Cont Younie said.

"If you're going for a swim - keep valuables in site or have someone sitting near the property.

"It can happen to anyone at any time.”

Police are urging beach goers to call PoliceLink on 131 444 or Hervey Bay Police Station on 4128 5333 straight away if they see anyone suspicious.

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR VALUABLES SAFE ON THE BEACH

1. If you're going for a swim keep your valuables in site or have a friend sit with your stuff.

2. Decide whether you even need your valuables at the beach and if not leave them in the car or at home.

3. If possible pay for a locker or a service for your valuables.

4. Invest in a waterproof bag to take with you in the water.

When she returned to her wallet - at least $280 was gone.

The cash was taken out of the wallet - no cards taken.

No CCTV or witnesses

Same day - between 10.30am 11.30am



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