Climbing thieves must've forgotten their spidey sense
IS NO one safe?
Fearless thieves are acting like Spider-Man to climb their way to high-rise units, police have warned.
They say robbers have gone to great lengths to steal wallets, handbags, computers and keys - and unit blocks are in their sights.
Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch's Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said police had noticed a startling trend of thieves gaining access through open doors and windows by swinging up balconies and crawling down from roofs.
Det Snr Sgt Edwards said holidaymakers and residents in Mooloolaba and Caloundra had lost items to sneaky stealing sprees.
"There are some bad habits creeping in with people occupying units, especially high-rise units, believing no one will get in," he said.
"They are either leaving sliding doors unlocked or open and the thieves are targeting wallets, handbags, car keys, iPads etcetera, which are continually left on tables or benches.
"They get inside and it's a smorgasbord waiting for them.
"People, especially holiday accommodation managers, need to remind themselves or guests that they secure their units at night no matter what level they are on."
Gazing up at tempting open doorways, thieves have been reported climbing as high as the eighth floor.
A recent case involved an offender scaling down from a roof area to a balcony to steal cash and credit cards.
"Don't leave valuables in areas where they can be observed from the outside," Det Snr Sgt Edwards said.
"Report any persons loitering around units or carparks to Policelink on 131 444."
Rockit Climbing Gym at Kawana owner Royce Genn said it would not take much for someone to climb up to a balcony.
Although technical rock climbing required great strength, he said, a building with the right dimensions and design could provide a platform for anyone to climb.
Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Events chairman Bill Darby said the complacency of people living in units was a reflection of the safe area they lived in.
"We always encourage guests and people living in apartments to observe good security and even though crime is low in Caloundra, we can't be complacent," he said.
"We were not aware these types of crimes were happening, but it just shows how important it is to be vigilant to avoid becoming an easy target."
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