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Thieves target beach-goers

COOLANGATTA police have reminded beach-goers to be vigilant against opportunistic thieves who target areas where people go to enjoy themselves.

A police spokesman said as the weather warms up there will be more holiday-makers targeted.

"It's a seasonal thing that we see; the Gold Coast is one of the central holiday destinations and we get massive numbers of people and unfortunately you'll get the undesirable side of society that want to target them.

"The car parks are normally filled to capacity and it's a bonus for thieves," he said.

"People leave keys on the beach and thieves are targeting people when they go for a swim."

The spokesman said the thieves are opportunistic and play a numbers game.

"They'll just try doors and they'll find doors that are open.

"They'll just have a look through windows and see there's a navman or an iPhone."

He said beach-goers only need to exercise basic common sense.

"Hide valuables and lock cars.

"A number of the cars stolen (was because) someone goes for a surf and hides their keys on their tyres.

"People with electric keys can get a plastic one from the manufacturer."

The spokesman said the criminals did not go to the same lengths as those in Surfers Paradise.

"Fortunately on the south end (of the Gold Coast) we haven't seen great sophistication with people in high-rises with binoculars.

"But they are certainly savvy; they'll sit in a park and wait.

"They'll wait for an appropriate time to check doors and car interiors."

He said most stolen items were not recovered.

"The great majority is change, cash and anything they can quickly get rid of."

Police make regular patrols of beaches.



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