Surge in thefts sparks police action
AN INCREASE in thefts from construction sites across the Sunshine Coast in the past year has pushed police to form a new alliance.
Senior Sergeant Brad Grant, in a blog for MyPolice.gov.au, said the upward crime trend was concerning.
"The problem exists mainly in areas of new residential estates and to a lesser extent, at other more individual housing sites,” he wrote.
"Offenders often target electrical appliances, powers tools, and other construction material of value.
"It is not unusual for significant amounts of property to be stolen from one or a number of sites at one time.”
With a "high level of wide-spread construction activity”, thieves were taking advantage where they can, Snr Sgt Grant said.
"Often the lack of security at building sites during various stages of construction and the presence of significant amounts of unsecured items such as appliances and construction equipment and material presents an attractive target for thieves,” he said.
Sunshine Coast Police have partnered with Master Builders in a bid to reduce theft within the construction industry.
Master Builders regional manager Will Wilson said the partnership would benefit the whole community.