Rain stops criminals

POLICE say break-and-enters in the Bay have plummeted, which, they believe, is down to a number of factors including the recent rains.

A special police crime unit was set up in early February to deal with break-ins and burglary offences, which have become a huge problem on the Fraser Coast.

This taskforce, along with one major arrest, increased patrols of hotspots and the wet weather have all helped drive down property crime, police said yesterday.

Detective Senior Constable Glen Dehnert of the Hervey Bay CIB said the amount of break-ins in the Bay had dropped to less than a quarter of what they were two months ago.

Over the weekend, there was just one reported break-and-enter, which occurred overnight on Sunday.

The thieves broke into Headlines hair salon in Torquay and stole a number of hair straighteners.

“It’s incredibly rare that we don’t have premises broken into,” Det. Snr Const. Dehnert said.

“We’ve seen a major decrease and we’re doing less than a quarter of the breaks we were just two months ago.

“For some reason, it’s just settled down, whether it be the crime unit, the increased patrols by the tactical crime squad or just making arrests and stopping people at the right time.

“I think it’s a combination of things and the weather certainly keeps them away.”

Police have been actively patrolling industrial and business areas at night and monitoring known offenders.

Det. Snr Const. Dehnert said police had recently arrested a man accused of numerous break-and-enter offences across the region.

The man will face a Maryborough court in relation to a string of burglaries.

He was arrested last month and police said he was wanted for questioning over up to 100 break-and-enters from Gympie to Bundaberg.

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