Police target theft
By JADE BILOWOL
POLICE are staging covert "stings" at shopping centre car parks and beachside roads in Burleigh and Elanora to combat the rising number of car thefts and break-ins.
Palm Beach Police Sergeant Mark Anderson said car parks at Stockland Burleigh Heads and The Pines Shopping Centre, as well as Goodwin Terrace and the Espla- nade at Burleigh Heads, were being blitzed by plain-clothed officers to nab thieves in action.
"We target the hotspots with covert operations and we do occasionally nab people trying to steal," Sgt Anderson said.
However, he said operations minus the tell-tale flashing red and blue lights were hampered if people flouted warnings to secure their vehicles.
Sgt Anderson said thieves kept watch over car parks near the beach, waiting to pounce on "hidden" keys.
"Secure your keys on you in person - do not leave them under a car wheel, or in a beach towel or in the exhaust because thieves watch," he said.
One vehicle theft a day could be averted during the summer if people kept their keys with them while at the beach.
"When you add that up over a month, about 28 cars, that really is not good," Sgt Anderson said.
"A surfer may hide his keys under the wheel every day and think there is not problem - then one day his car is gone."
He implored people not to leave valuables in cars as well as secure vehicles with clublocks.
"Clublocks are quite easy to use and slow the offenders," Sgt Anderson said.
"Crime is opportunistic so keep valuables out of view.
"If anyone sees any suspicious activities report them immedi- ately to the police."