LOCK UP: Blacbutt police advise residents to secure their properties.
LOCK UP: Blacbutt police advise residents to secure their properties. Trevor Veale

Theft on rural properties an 'issue' for Blackbutt police

POLICE are calling on South Burnett residents living on rural properties to take security measures.

Blackbutt Sergeant Andrew McDowell said property offences "continue to be an issue” within the area, partcularky the theft of water and fuel.

"Offenders are going out to rural properties knowing that there is less chance of being seen,” he said.

"They are also assuming that several people living in rural areas are not securing their property being away from hustle and bustle of town.

"The offences will continue to occur if preventative measures are not made to secure your property.”

Sgt McDowell said CCTV would be a good, relatively cheap option, for residents and with the quality getting better.

"I am a huge advocate for CCTV to be installed around your property as it can be the difference between us catching offenders or not with very few witnesses around, especially in rural parts of the division,” he said.

"Insurance companies are also big fans of CCTV and if you ask, a lot of them may also reduce premiums knowing that they are installed.”

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