DALBY police are increasing their patrols after a spike in opportunistic crime and theft.
Shift Sergeant Dave Tierney said residents needed to make sure their houses and vehicles were locked and valuables were not left visible.
In the past week thieves have targeted homes, businesses and cars, taking off with wallets, tyres, binoculars, petty cash and valuables.
He said while some of the incidents were related to teenagers acting up in the school holidays, many of the larger crimes could be drug related.
"People are stealing property that's visible and easy to take. They're going for whatever is loose," he said.
"A lot of the items are things that can be taken to hock shops and sold on. Most can be avoided if residents lock their homes."
- Dalby PCYC Sergeant Mick Hughes was on-scene at Dalby McDonald's as a 16-year-old attempted to steal a chainsaw from a worker with his back turned at midday on Wednesday. The teen was chased to Thomas Jack Park and apprehended. He will appear in the Dalby Childrens Court on October 19 charged with stealing.
- Wednesday night at about 9.45pm two men were disturbed trying to break into the back of Foodworks. Police said they were following up with suspects.
- A 19-year-old man will appear in Dalby Magistrates Court on October 20 charged with wilful damage after causing a disturbance at a Bunya St unit on Wednesday.
- Nortask, Prices Spare Parts and Dalby Machinery Centre were all broken into between 6pm Wednesday night and 6am Thursday morning, with petty cash stolen at each business. Thieves forced windows and doors to gain entry.
- A $2000 set of binoculars was taken from the front passenger seat of a Colorado Ute between 6pm and 6am on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at the Kobbers Motor Inn.
- A resident has lost their wallet and cash in Patrick St robbery. They were in hospital last week when the intruders forced the front door to gain entry.
- On Wednesday night sometime after 4pm, thieves took the LED light bars from a Nissan patrol and a while ford ranger parked in Pratten St, across from Squires Restaurant.
- On Tuesday night a resident in Koala Ct lost their $900 car fridge to thieves. The fridge was hooked up to the rear tray of a Ute in a driveway.
- On Tuesday night between 11.30pm and midnight an Oakwood St resident was woken to a knocking sound and later found three quarters of a carton of Pepsi Max stolen from a fridge in their shed.
- On Monday night thieves forced their way into a toolbox on the back of a white ford ranger utility, stealing gas testing equipment. The theft happened on the corner of Condamine and Bunya Sts.
- On Monday between 3-3.45pm a woman's purse was stolen from a vehicle in Cunningham St.
- Thieves attempted to kick a rear door in and remove louvers at the Jade Court Restaurant between 11am and 5pm on Monday. They were unsuccessful in their break-in attempt.
- Sometime during the weekend, thieves cut through a wire fence, stealing four tyres and rims at Wideland Ag and Construction on Dalby-Cecil Plains Road.
To report a crime contact Policelink on 131 444.
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