Thieves target sliding doors
POLICE are targeting a cluster of unit break-ins in the Kingscliff and Casuarina area.
Tweed Police Sergeant Rod Morris said a number of residential and tourist units had been robbed, with sliding doors used to gain entry.
“We've had a spate of break-ins over the past two weeks, but they've been quite spread out,” proactive crime team leader Sgt Morris said.
“We've identified a cluster of break-ins in units, not homes, in the Kingscliff and Casuarina area.
“We're warning people staying in these facilities to keep their sliding doors locked.
“That's been the method of entry.”
Sgt Morris said units were mostly on the ground floor and stolen items included televisions, iPods, cameras and wallets.
“There were multiple break-ins in the Mantra (on Salt Beach) resort.
“It's a fair bit for that area, which is traditionally very quiet.”
A Mantra on Salt Beach spokeswoman said the resort had three break-ins.
“Only two resulted in theft,” she said. The third break-in was interrupted before anything was taken.
“We've been encouraging guests, as part of our normal operating procedures, to lock their glass doors and to use the free in-room safes.”
Sgt Morris added the break-ins, which were predominantly at night, appeared more organised than opportunistic.
“We're going to try and jump on it before they increase,” Sgt Morris said. “We're following a few positive leads.”
Anyone with information should contact Tweed Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Neighbourhood Watch Kingscliff co-ordinator Valerie Campbell said break-ins had previously been a problem in the area.
“But I've been getting the impression over the past 12 months that things had been calm,” Ms Campbell said.
She reminded people to be vigilant with locking their doors even when they were home.
“Insurance doesn't always cover you if the door is left unlocked.
“A lot of people think if they're home it won't happen, but these robbers are quite stealthy, you don't always hear them come in.
“Security screens are the best option.”
Ms Campbell reminded people to be on the lookout for unusual behaviour in their neighbourhood.
“That is another problem, the way society is going you don't always know your neighbour's or visitor's cars.
“If you do see something suspicious, phone triple zero or the police assistance zone on 131 444.”