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Property crime has risen

CRIME SPREE: Kingaroy Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Prendergast said police have arrested a number of people for property crime.
CRIME SPREE: Kingaroy Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Prendergast said police have arrested a number of people for property crime. Michael Nolan

DURING the past three months there has been a significant spike in property crime.

According to Queensland Police, break and enter type offences, along with theft and vandalism, have increased to the point where we have almost surpassed the 2016 crime rate and we are only half way through 2017. There were 22 unlawful entries in Kingaroy in June and 18 in May.

This compares to three in April, two in February and 11 in January.

Last year there was a total of 61 charges and we have already had 58 in 2017.

Thefts spiked in June, with 50 charges, and 42 in May.

Further back in April there were 18 stealing offences with 23 in March, 24 in February and 27 in January.

Vandalism and property damage offence have increased slightly.

There were 16 incidents in June, 26 in May and 17 in April.

This compares with 21 charges in March, seven in February and eight in January.

Looking further afield there was a slight increase in property crime in Murgon while Nanango's statistics were stable.

Kingaroy Police Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Prendergast put the spike down to a handful of individuals, most of whom have been arrested.

"A 26-year-old Maryborough man was arrested in relation to a number of car and house break and enters," Snr Sgt Prednergast said.

"A 21-year-old Kingaroy man was arrested for a number of separate offences."

Police allege this Kingaroy man was responsible for break and enters at eight businesses in the Kingaroy Industrial Estate.

A 16-year-old Cherbourg male was charged following a break in at the Warana Hotel early this year.

Meanwhile investigations continue into the break ins at the Tingoora Hotel and the Giving Tree Cafe.

Snr Sgt Prendergast said the success of investigation was greatly improved by help from the public.

"Police will continue to require the assistance of the vigilant community," he said.

"People know when something doesn't sit right and if they see something suspicious they should report it to the police straight away."

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