A spike in crime has been reported around the Coolum Beach area, concerning a top Coast cop.
A spike in crime has been reported around the Coolum Beach area, concerning a top Coast cop.

Beachside suburb’s crime wave concerns top cop

A SPIKE in suburban crime is concerning a top Sunshine Coast cop who says residents are inviting offenders to steal their property.

Between January 1 and 16, a huge rise in break-ins has been reported around the Coolum Beach area in an “out of character” trend.

Sunshine Coast CIB officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said intelligence officers noticed the rise after reviewing statistics and finding an array of criminal activity.

At least five break-ins, three car thefts and four thefts from cars have been reported to police over the two-week period.

Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said majority of the crimes happened in the night and targeted all kinds of cars.

“In 60 per cent of burglary offences the offenders have also stolen keys to motor vehicles and removed vehicles from residences,” he said.

Thefts from cars occurred earlier in the night and mainly targeted poorly secured cars parked in driveways or on the street.

“We received some helpful information from residents around the area who observed suspicious behaviour which is valuable, and we encourage residents to be more vigilant as take notice of what is going on around them,” he said.

“If residents notice unlocked garages, unsecured vehicles or keys left in vehicles, please let neighbours know and discuss these events with each other.

“Let’s all work together to address security and help us identify offenders.”

Police have charged some of the offenders responsible.