Residents on the Gold Coast are being warned to keep a close eye on their Christmas lights and decorations following a spike in thefts from front yards.
Officer in Charge of Robina Police, Senior Sergeant Andrew Frick, encouraged Gold Coasters to be aware of people hanging around on their street, especially at this time of year.
“Keep a look out on your neighbour’s homes and be aware of who is coming and going,” Sergeant Frick said.
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“You might think that no one would want your Christmas lights or the cute little wooden reindeer sitting outside your front door, but there are people in the community who will steal something just for the thrill of doing it.”
Queensland Police have urged people with large and expensive Christmas light displays to consider installing cameras or sensor lights.
“Consider installing CCTV to monitor your display and installing sensor lights on the outside of your property. Sensor lights are often enough to frighten away any potential intruder and can help to keep your home and valuables safe.”