WHILE police have warned against hiding the keys and wallet under a towel while swimming, one Fraser Coast resident has another trick up her sleeve.
"I put my stuff in a baby nappy and roll it up and rub the outside in the sand, no-one wants a dirty nappy," Maryborough's Alicia Andrews said.
She responded to a plea from Hervey Bay police after a spate of mobile phones, keys, handbag and wallet thefts from towels at beaches.
Dee Rogerson said this happened to a visiting friend.
"The scumbag little thieves went straight to Torquay night owl where they were caught on camera, (thanks to bank being able to tell us transaction while cancelling cards) and we were 15 mins behind them while a friend went to the cop shop," Dee said.
"By the time we got back to cops after searching forest behind beach for the discarded bag, the little wastes of space were in custody with my friends cards found on them. They are well known to the police but are only done for fraud not theft as they claim they found cards."
Louise MacDonald said the open water swimming group she is part of has had issues with beach theft.
Sara Lewis said they had marquees destroyed while at Fraser Island having lunch in the fenced section. Joy Oliver said the crime spike in the area was 'ridiculous'.