CHANGING TIMES: Laidley Police Station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Regan Draheim urges residents to lock up and avoid travelling criminals.
CHANGING TIMES: Laidley Police Station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Regan Draheim urges residents to lock up and avoid travelling criminals. Kevin Farmer

City crims wreak havoc in country regions

HIGHWAYS make travelling easier not only for tourists driving across the Lockyer Valley region, the journey is also smoother for criminals.

Conveniently located just off the Warrego Highway, the region is becoming more of a target for transient crime.

Laidley Police Station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Regan Draheim says more people who live outside the region are driving to the Lockyer Valley to commit crime than ever before.

"Because of our location we are subject to a lot of itinerant or transient crime,” Sen-Sgt Draheim said.

He said criminals were not just travelling from Ipswich and Toowoomba, they were making their way from as far as Caboolture and the Gold Coast to commit crimes in the Lockyer Valley.

Last weekend, there were at least six cars broken into on the same street in Laidley.

While the crimes remain unsolved, Sen-Sgt Draheim said there was a possibility the cars were broken into by someone from outside the area.

Transient crime is not just a problem in the Lockyer Valley. The trend is becoming more common across Queensland, Sen-Sgt Draheim says.

He said stolen cars as well as the better connection of areas by road contributed to the cause.

On Friday, March 22, a Toowoomba man broke into a Grantham property while he was on the run from police.

The man and his female accomplice were fleeing a vehicle they had crashed on the Warrego Highway near Gatton.

He was later charged with 21 offences committed in Toowoomba and Brisbane.

The next day, a Toyota Camry was stolen from a Gatton address and later found in the Murrumba Downs. Four people who live outside the Lockyer Valley were arrested over the offence.

While Laidley was once a town where you could leave your cars and houses unlocked, Sen-Sgt Draheim said this was no longer the case.

"The unfortunate consequence of crime is residents need to make sure everyone does their part to prevent it,” Sen-Sgt Draheim said.

"It is a timely reminder for people to ensure that their vehicles are locked when left unattended and not to leave valuables in vehicles.”

He urged people to make sure their homes were also locked, and windows were secured.

Anyone with any information relating to the offences or any others is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444.


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