Senior Sergeant Dan Willett.
Senior Sergeant Dan Willett. Alistair Brightman

Crack team to catch robbers

A SPECIAL police taskforce will hit the streets of Hervey Bay today to combat skyrocketing break-ins.

Led by the CIB and out of Hervey Bay station, the unit will comprise four officers dedicated to driving down break and enter and burglary offences.

Maryborough Inspector Daryl Powell announced the taskforce yesterday, ironically, just as Bay police were marvelling that not one break-in had been reported to them from the previous evening.

He said he could not remember the last time that had happened.

“Based on our projections, unlawful entry offences are showing a disproportionate increase when compared with trends in other police districts across the north coast region and across Queensland generally,” he said.

“We’re determined to drive them down and drive them out because it’s not acceptable to our Fraser Coast lifestyle.”

It is understood that last year the number of break-and-enter offences in the Bay averaged at more than one a day.

Last weekend, seven businesses in an industrial estate at Dundowran were hit.

Insp Powell said there were three types of break-ins: homes, businesses and other places, comprising buildings like sheds, clubs and school tuckshops.

“It’s a problem that has peaked during the last school holidays,” Insp Powell said.

“It’s alarming, it’s concerning, it’s problematic.

Insp Powell said the taskforce would be supported by uniformed officers at Hervey Bay, the Tactical Crime Squad and the Dog Squad.

Snr Sgt Willett said the community also had their part to play in combating thieves.

“A lot of people are still not getting the message that they need to lock up their cars and homes,” he said.

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