Robbery unfolds under their nose

WATCHING television late on Wednesday night, an unsuspecting Tinana resident had no idea an intruder was in their home.

At the other end of the house, an offender had entered an unlocked sliding door and helped themselves to electronic equipment and cash.

That is how easy it is to be robbed.

Maryborough police are warning residents to take care to secure their property, even if they are home.

“Ensure valuables aren’t just lying around and make sure your house is secured,” Sergeant Col Bastable said.

“Some people are used to leaving their doors unlocked but they need to be aware that there are people around who will take your property, if they have a chance – it’s an opportunistic scenario.”

Sgt Bastable said the Queensland Police Service was rolling out micro-dot technology, a new way for people to mark their property for easy identification and return if stolen.

The technology has been trialled in north Brisbane and has been adopted by the Brisbane City Council, which provides kits to residents.

A micro-dot is a tiny label, about the size of a grain of sand, that is marked with a unique code.

It is expected to be available at Fraser Coast police stations by the end of this year.

In the meantime, residents can have their property engraved free at their local police station.

“People can come in and engrave their bikes and other valuables,” Sgt Bastable said.

“With all the new toys after Christmas, it wouldn’t hurt to have your property engraved.”

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s break-in can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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