Drivers unlock a fine
POLICE have issued more than 35 fines to people found leaving their cars unlocked over the past two weeks.
Officers say they believe the threat of a $40 ticket is the only way to get people to secure their belongings and have been actively targeting vehicles across Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
Sergeant Ian Grigoris, who is leading the campaign, said he had noticed a drop in the amount of cars found unlocked even since police started the “Lock it or Cop It” operation.
“The rate of vehicles being left unlocked has dropped and we think that’s because people are starting to get the message,” Sgt Grigoris said.
“A lot of people are talking about this initiative on the street.”
But this has meant thieves are now becoming more desperate, he said.
“We’ve had three incidents where people have walked up driveways and stolen items from vehicles at residences in Kawungan.
“We want to remind people that it’s important to lock their cars even when they are parked at private residences.”