Lock it or lose it for good

LOCK UP your house or business because break-ins are on the rise across the Fraser Coast and the chances of catching the culprits are slim.

Latest Queensland Police Service figures show the number of break-ins throughout the region has risen by more than 10 per cent in the past year and only one quarter of those crimes were solved.

In the 2009/10 financial year, 1192 break-ins were reported to police for the Maryborough district, which takes in Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Mundubbera, Biggenden and Fraser Island.

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen (pictured) said there was huge pressure on our police force and police stations in the district were understaffed, particularly in Hervey Bay.

“In the Maryborough police district the police numbers are about one for every 615 people and in Hervey Bay alone it's even fewer,” he said.

“That's under the state average.”

Queensland's average police to population ratio is one officer for every 434 residents.

Fraser Coast drivers have also received a poor scorecard in the QPS annual statistical review, with traffic offences up by nearly 25 per cent in total and the number of drink-drivers up by 20 per cent.

Police caught 840 drink-drivers in the region last financial year, compared to 691 the year before.

It wasn't all bad news, though. The number of murders, robberies and drug offences have decreased overall.

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